Family Style Macaroni and Cheese

Lady Behind The Curtain - Family Style Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is from The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten).  I love the creamy cheese and crunchy bread crumb topping!  Perfect as a main dish or a side dish but most importantly… A KID FRIENDLY DINNER!  :)

Family Style Macaroni and Cheese Recipe (serves 6 to 8)


1 pound elbow macaroni

1 quart milk

8 tablespoons butter, divided

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups)

8 ounces extra sharp cheddar, grated (2 cups)

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1-1/2 cups bread crumbs (I used Panko)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook macaroni according the the directions on the package.  Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, BUT DON’T BOIL IT.  Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4 quart) pot and add the flour.  Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk.  While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth.  Remove from the heat, add the cheeses, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Add the cooked macaroni and stir will. Pour into a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine with the bread crumbs and sprinkle on the top.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

Lady Behind The Curtain - Family Style Macaroni and Cheese

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