Rating: 3.54 stars
1181 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 263
  • 4 star values: 375
  • 3 star values: 335
  • 2 star values: 150
  • 1 star values: 58

It's a bold claim, but this mac and cheese from Kurt Beecher Dammeier's "Pure Flavor" cookbook is that good. Three types of cheese—cheddar, Gruyere, and Jack—add plenty of richness, while a touch of chipotle-chile powder imbues the dish with a subtle smoky flavor.

The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 3073

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or oil an 8-inch baking dish; set aside.

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  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain into a colander and rinse under cold water until cool, then drain again.

  • Stir together pasta and cheese sauce until well combined. Pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses and chile powder. Bake, uncovered, until lightly browned in places, about 20 minutes. Let stand at least 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

This dish can easily be doubled and baked in a 2-quart baking dish. The baking time is the same.

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Reviews (23)

1181 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 263
  • 4 star values: 375
  • 3 star values: 335
  • 2 star values: 150
  • 1 star values: 58
Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2017
This recipe goes well as a side for chicken,but you can also add bacon and mushrooms and you have a main course. Very good!
Rating: Unrated
04/27/2014
I liked it better then the recipe I was using but it seemed like it needed more pasta then it called for. I will make again but next time with more pasta
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2013
I hope someone is monitoring this site. I made this recipe to tonight. I did add pancetta. I thought it was very good . My husband commented the sauce was gritty. I noticed as well why? I cooked the roux 2 min minimum.
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Rating: Unrated
06/17/2013
Where do I find recipe for Beecher's Flagship Cheese Sauce?
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04/16/2013
This was sooooo good. I made the cheese sauce and couldn't stop licking the spoon. I wouldn't change a thing. Just make it and enjoy.
Rating: Unrated
11/30/2012
You don't have to buy full packages of expensive cheese, your deli can make a fat slice of anything for you for much less cost, then you can grate it. The important thing is to buy a good quality.
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2012
Yum! This is by far the world's best mac and cheese! I added bread crumbs and used a chipotle taco seasoning because I could not find chipotle chile powder and it was amazing. I think this recipe would be great with ham or chicken added as well. I have tried many mac and cheese recipes and this is definitely my favorite so far!
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2011
I haven't tried this yet, I'm too loyal to Martha's "Perfect mac"--but just had to LOL at all of the snippy comments happening below. Ladies, ladies--simmer down. =)
Rating: Unrated
11/17/2010
77chocolateangel - toot your own horn some place else. your husbands "taste" is unknown and questionable! and to all you little cooks out there - it's ROUX not RUE. it's french, like mirepoix and chiffonade.
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11/17/2010
77chocolateangel - toot your own horn some place else. your husbands "taste" is unknown and questionable! and to all you little cooks out there - it's ROUX not RUE. it's french, like mirepoix and chiffonade.
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10/12/2010
This was the greatest Mac and Cheese I've ever had in my life. Dear Martha Stewart, Thank you for existing and sharing this glorious recipe with the world. I'm a better person for eating it!
Rating: Unrated
08/20/2008
This was awesome. Ny kids loved it. Easy to make and the blend of cheeses made it rich with taste.
Rating: Unrated
08/13/2008
This was really good mac and cheese. The grueyre makes it much more flavorful. I got the cheese at the local grocery store for a much less expensive dinner. The Rue is in the cheese sauce recipe if you click on "Beecher's Flagship Cheese Sauce"
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05/16/2008
ok. the recipe is missing the rue thing..the butter,flour and milk. i'm sure you can substitute your favorite cheese. $18 for a pound of cheese is ridiculous!! i don't care who or what makes it.
Rating: Unrated
03/25/2008
I just came back from Seattle this past weekend and had the opportunity to visit Beecher's. I tried their worlds best mac and cheese. To tell you the truth my husband and I had better. We found it extremely oily and the pasta over cooked. In fact my husband said my mac and cheese is better.
Rating: Unrated
02/04/2008
www.beechershandmadecheese.com/ You can buy it...It's $17.95 a pound. Sounds sinful...
Rating: Unrated
01/30/2008
Where in Canada? If you're in Victoria or Vancouver area, when you pop down to Seattle you can pick up his cheese @ Pike Street Market.
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01/29/2008
Beechers mac
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01/29/2008
Ladies, click on Beechers Flagship Cheese sauce in ingredients list above and you'll get the recipe to make at home. Can't buy it.
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01/29/2008
Is Flagship Cheese a brand as Kraft is a brand? If so would it be old aka sharp? I live in Canada and have never heard of Flagship Cheese.
Rating: Unrated
01/29/2008
I work in the market and have the pleasure of having this mac and cheese once in a while. It's decadent and WONDERFUL! Beechers is amazing! They have spicy and regular and I get half and half, it's amazing. if you're around you MUST try it out!
Rating: Unrated
01/29/2008
where can i get this cheese from
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01/29/2008
How about giving us the real recipe for Mac and Cheese from today's show 1/29/08?
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