JJHS Stage Crew Homemade Mac & Cheese

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"A classic baked Mac & cheese. I like it mostly due to the mix of cheeses allowing one to overpower the other. Sometime those mac and cheeses that just taste like sharp cheddar doesn’t hit."
Medium 👍
30 min
20 min
1 min


1 tbsp
Unsalted Butter
1 tbsp
AP Flour
¼ cup
Whole Milk
28½ g
Monterey Jack Cheese (grated)
42½ g
Parmesan Cheese (grated)
125 g
Dried Macaroni
¼ cup
Panko breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
¼ tbsp
Unsalted Butter
Kosher Salt (for seasoning)
Freshly Ground Pepper (for seasoning)
½ sprigs
Fresh Thyme
  • Step 1/8

    Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Begin boiling the water for the macaroni.

  • Step 2/8

    • 1 tbsp AP Flour
    • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
    • ¼ cup Whole Milk

    We begin by making a roux: melt the four tablespoons butter in a saucepan and then on low heat add the four tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Mix until a smooth paste forms (no clumps). Slowly incorporate the one cup of whole milk into the roux to form a creamlike liquid.

  • Step 3/8

    • 28½ g cheddar cheese (grated)
    • 28½ g Monterey Jack Cheese (grated)
    • 42½ g Parmesan Cheese (grated)

    With all three cheeses shredded (or other cheeses of choice), on medium heat add the cheeses one at a time into the milk creating a cheese slurry.

  • Step 4/8

    • 125 g Dried Macaroni
    • Kosher Salt (for seasoning)

    Bring water in pot to a boil (season water with kosher salt). Cook pasta below al dente (the pasta will finish cooking in the oven)

  • Step 5/8

    Strain the macaroni and put it back in the pot, fully incorporate the cheese sauce into the macaroni. Pour the macaroni into an oven-safe dish and place in the oven for 20 minutes. (you can add freshly shredded parmesan on the top to allow it to crisp up in the oven)

  • Step 6/8

    • ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
    • ¼ tbsp Unsalted Butter

    Melt one tablespoon of butter in a frypan. Add the 3/4 cup of Panko breadcrumbs to the pan, keep moving at medium heat until the breadcrumbs are toasted.

  • Step 7/8

    • ½ sprigs Fresh Thyme
    • Freshly Ground Pepper (for seasoning)

    Take Mac & Cheese out of the oven and add the breadcrumbs, pepper, and thyme on top.

  • Step 8/8




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