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Dec 16, 2012 07:28 PM

Favorite Mac & Cheese

I know this can start heated debates, but what is your favorite mac & cheese recipe?

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      this one and the entire article is a keeper for mac and cheese primers

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      1. re: HillJ

        I'm a simple girl with simple tastes. I like to mix the macaroni with a lot of shredded cheese, pour into a baking dish and bake till com,melted and the top us brown. OMG, its good. Toldya I was simple :)

      2. I combined a few recipes and tweaked this enough to call it mine now. If there's another one out there that's more over-the-top, rich, and caloric, I haven't found it--but it's mac & cheese, so who worries about that anyhow?

        Better Than Sex Mac ā€˜Nā€™ Cheese

        4 strips bacon, cooked crisp, drained and chopped fine
        1 cup (2 sticks) butter
        1/2 cup flour
        1/2 cup amber ale
        2 cups half and half
        2 packages (16 ounces) cream cheese, cut into chunks
        8 oz. aged Gouda, shredded
        8 oz. sharp white cheddar, shredded
        8 oz. Stilton or Gorgonzola, crumbled
        2 cups grated Parmesan, divided
        1 box (16-ounce) penne pasta, cooked and drained
        Salt and pepper
        1 cup panko or bread crumbs

        Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

        Cook the bacon and set aside.

        In a large, heavy-bottom pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to form a light roux. Slowly whisk in the ale and half and half.

        Add the cream cheese, stirring until melted and incorporated. Add the Gouda, cheddar, blue cheese, and 1 cup Parmesan, a little at a time, stirring until melted. Stir in bacon. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired with salt and pepper (some of the cheese will be salty and the mixture may need only a little salt, if any). Stir in the pasta.

        Pour the mixture into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Mix the remaining 1 cup Parmesan cheese and panko crumbs and sprinkle over the dish. Place the dish in the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbly and the toppings are crisp and golden, about 1 hour. Cool slightly before serving.

        1. Paula Deen's Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is my go-to recipe. I omit the eggs and add a sprinkle of Emeril's Essence. Soooo good!

          1. To the OP and readers here. A very recent thread is too similar. Check out my post on Nathan Myhrvold and team who wrote Modernist Cuisine. IMHO their recipe is way beyond most. Please review: