Friday, August 26, 2016

chef john's macaroni and cheese


  • Servings: 6
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


    Preparation Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Ready Time: 55 mins

  • preheat oven to 400 degrees f (200 degrees c).
  • fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. drain well.
  • melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. when the butter starts to foam and bubble, stir in the flour; cook on medium heat until flour just begins to turn pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes. add thyme, cayenne pepper, and white pepper; cook and stir another minute, then whisk in 1 cup of milk until smooth. pour in remaining milk and whisk again. bring the sauce just to a simmer.
  • stir in nutmeg, worcestershire sauce, and salt; simmer on medium-low heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, whisking often. turn heat off, then add 2 1/4 cups of cheddar cheese; stir until melted and combined. add dijon mustard.
  • transfer the macaroni into a casserole dish, then pour in the cheese sauce; stir to thoroughly combine sauce with pasta. mix panko bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter in a small bowl, and sprinkle crumbs on top of macaroni and cheese. sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese on top.
  • bake in the preheated oven until bread crumbs and cheddar cheese topping are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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