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Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe photo courtesy of DAVID SAWYER

When it comes to comfort food, nothing tops mac 'n' cheese, especially Martha's easy-to-make version.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2001



Cook's Notes

You can divide this recipe in half; use a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

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  • MS12319069
    20 NOV, 2017
    The best Mac & Cheese. The only one I make. Only it used to be called Mac & Cheese 101....
    22 JUL, 2017
    This recipe was too spicy with the cayenne pepper so when I made it the second time I omitted it. Now, it's excellent!
  • nicolaedragoli
    4 MAY, 2017
    Super great dish. Congratz Martha.
  • ALR4831703DW
    25 JAN, 2017
    This took me three hours to make (mostly grating the cheese) and I thought the ingredients were expensive (over $25), but in the end *it was worth it!* This is the BEST M&C I've ever had AND we got 8 servings out of it! That $25 went a long way! I'm going to freeze several servings for dinners and packed lunches.
  • delilahwillett
    19 JAN, 2017
    My daughter requests this for her birthday EVERY year! We love it and you will too! :)
  • joyce4852
    7 FEB, 2016
    I have made mac and cheese many times in my 60+ years on this earth and after so many different recipes, we (hubby and I) have decided that Martha Stewart's is by far the very best of the bunch. I think the gruyere and the torn bread topping mixed in butter is what makes this dish so special. Whenever I bring this to a pot luck or event, there is never any left over! I have given this recipe out dozens of times and I always credit Martha with it. Love it!!
  • CA Shibata
    22 MAY, 2015
    Looking for a very basic but good recipe. Can't wait to try it. Is this freezeable?
  • konayuki
    28 NOV, 2014
    Since I first tasted mac&cheese at 12 I've tried many recipes, but since the discovery of this at 16, none has come close! I usually do more cheddar and less gruyere and it is too yummy. The topping is the best! This year I did a gluten-free version for Thanksgiving. I basically halved the recipe, used .5lb quinoa pasta and half a head of cauliflower. I couldn't find my gf bread, so used gf pretzels ground in a food processor. Also used all cheddar (red leicester). No one was the wiser! The hit!
  • Bradley Campbell
    11 MAR, 2014
    I've always wanted to learn how to make a real Mac and Cheese. This recipe was super easy and so delicious! The gruyère cheese adds a nice nutty flavor, it definitely elevates this recipe. The only Mac and Cheese I've had before this is "Kraft Dinner" and now I definitely won't be going back.
  • TTheis
    4 FEB, 2014
    Delicious! I added a cup of chopped fresh basil, 2 cloves of fresh garlic and 1 diced shallot, 4 chanterelle and 4 cremini mushrooms sautéed with 3tbs of unsalted butter and some dry sherry wine (coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste) - mix this all in with macaroni and cheese, bake - DELICIOUS!

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