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Emeril's Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Everyone loves old-fashioned macaroni and cheese, and this one comes together in no time flat. Grating cheeses, whisking eggs and milk, and stirring everything together are easy tasks that children will love doing. Hungry yet? No problem -- this dish bakes in just 12 minutes. The only hard part is letting it cool before digging in!

Source: Everyday Food, October 2010
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  • MS12088494
    26 DEC, 2010
    A little spicy, so beware if making for kids, I would half the cayenne next time. It was pretty simple, the bacon was a great addition.
    • MS10725324
      8 FEB, 2019
      This one is most like the mac and cheese I grew up with--I expect that those who didn't like it may not have baked it long enough--and the baking instructions are, IMO, weird. I cook this at 375 for at least half an hour, or until browned on the edges and top and the dish is set. No one in my family has a problem with this amount of cayenne, but all the kids in my family are little pepper lovers. The nutmeg is a must!
  • kathaggai1
    19 MAY, 2017
    Rave reviews from family and friends... taste like you spent hours. EASY recipe.
  • Chai
    18 DEC, 2013
    I made this recipe this afternoon for the first time. Altho Emeril made this with his children (for Everyday Food), this recipe is spicy with a nice garlic flavor which may not appeal to all kids. Be sure to use only 1/2 pound macaroni. I used 3 cups and it was a 1/2 cup to 1 cup too much. I may increase the cheese next time or swap out the monterey jack for gouda but overall the eggs and the evaporated milk made a nice bechamel. Sauteing the minced garlic in the bacon fat is brilliant!
  • cafotusky
    8 DEC, 2013
    This is, by far, my favorite mac and cheese recipe. Friends and family love it too. Love the hint of nutmeg and cayenne. I have also swapped gouda for the monterey. I've noticed, with any mac and cheese, using quality ingredients also makes a difference.
  • Heather Hare Martinez
    12 JUN, 2012
    This is such a yummy dish! I can't see why it had bad reviews, I put extra cheese and bacon. Dont cook any more than 10-12 min. or it is too dry.
  • mybuddy
    6 NOV, 2011
    This recipe is great. I have made it several times and love it. People who don't like it probably like a more "kraft-like" mac and cheese. This has a rich flavor and a little spice bite.
  • nancytr
    23 OCT, 2011
    Disgusting......I had 3 different boys ages 11, 12 and 13 try this recipe and all 3 spit it out! I am not a picky eater myself and found this recipe to be just plain awful!!!
  • margethequilter
    26 SEP, 2011
    I loved this mac and cheese and so did my fussy husband. It came out dry once, but I left it in the oven too long. Even a friend who makes her own mac and cheese liked this dish. I left out the cayanne - can't eat spicy - and the bacon if I didn't have any, still good. Have made it several times. Great recipe.
  • amandam7
    24 AUG, 2011
    Not sure why the other ladies hated this recipe. My family regularly requests it. The bacon is what makes it so good. I only add a small amount of cayenne, but other than adding a bit more bacon that it calls for, I follow this recipe completely. I have NEVER found the consistency dry, or tasting like cardboard, as mlangpop reported. Perhaps they are not following the recipe properly. We recently added this dish to our Thanksgiving meal, as our extended family embraced it, as well. Try it!!!
  • prata
    20 MAR, 2011
    This recipe was horrible! Maybe it was because I omitted the bacon (didn't have any), but not sure that was it. It had a gross consistency (lumpy/runny at the same time!) and weird flavor. I didn't like it and my daughter (2 yrs old) spit it out on her plate. I would skip this. There is another recipe that Martha has, I think it's a 5-cheese recipe, that is amazing. The extra time is well worth it. Skip this one!

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