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Mac and Cheese

What's your favorite Mac & Cheese recipe? I've got a hankerin' for something good, cheesy and easy. Thanks!

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  1. Look up mac and cheese on this site, there are several great recipes. For a quick recipe I like the one from Cooks Illustrated that I got from this site.(Sorry, I'm terrible about linking!)

    1. You could also try Alton Brown's recipe on the food network sight. For something different, look up Giada de Laurentis' Macaroni and Cheese. Heart attack on a plate, but so freaking good that you can not stop eating it.

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      1. re: jdm

        Just beware that the AB recipe can elicit reactions of disgust from some people, while others love it. I'm one of those who hate it. I think the texture is slimy and revolting. No eggs in my M&C thank you.

        1. re: Ellen

          I was referring to his "stove top" mac and cheese. I have never found it slimy. Perhaps his baked is. I am not a fan of custardy macaroni and cheese either.

      2. I pretty much stick with what Martha Stewart's Perfect Mac and Cheese recipe. I typically just make it for family gatherings. Everyone loves it. I don't think it's a particularly unique recipe--good cheese, use of a roux...that kind of thing. Here's the recipe:

        http://tinyurl.com/2zdjgo

        As 4chowpups noted, there are many threads about mac and cheese on this site, some of them quite lengthy with many recipe links. Here are some links--I pulled from many possibilities--found through google:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/393046
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/342764
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387650
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/356880

        1. Here's a link to an easy one that was recently posted on another thread by jerryketel ... sounds great, tho' I haven't tried it.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39978...

          1. Hi jerryketle, I am one of those people that make a roux with butter, flour salt and pepper and milk add grated nutmeg and 1/4 tsp cayenne, then add the cheese to that. I have had just better luck doing it that way. I don't like a lot of cheddar, I find it too oily. So I make a mix of mostly American, Monterey, and then some Cheddar to the sauce. I pour the sauce over the pasta mix it well then add more grated cheese to the top.
            Cracker crumbs on top of the cheese. Bake at 350 covered 30 minutes then uncover for 10 run it under the broiler to brown the cracker crumbs..Make it extra decadent. add an egg to the pasta and cheese sauce, mix well, then do the same as I instructed. Salt and pepper is to taste.

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            1. re: chef chicklet

              thanks chef chicklet, for the tip on the egg. I have too many cheeses in the fridge and am making M&C tomorrow. The egg addition sounds wonderful. Any ratios recommended?