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Mac N’ 4 Cheeses

June 12th, 2009 · 14 Comments

Macaroni and Cheese X Four

Mac N’ 4 Cheeses.
Mac N’ 4 Cheeses

Yesterday I threw together a batch of scratch mac with four cheeses for Ben to get in some good carbs before his baseball game. A half hour later he and I were eating some fresh hot mac and cheese. Ate some more for lunch today and dinner tonight too. Only a little bit left. So I Twittered this on Foodbuzz last night and I got a few comments and a request to post the recipe from Frieda aka Lovin’ from the Oven… and more!

1 Lb Elbow macaroni
3 Quarts Water
1 Tbsp Olive oil
3 Cups Milk
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
¼ Cup Cool water
1 Lb Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
¼ Lb. Swiss cheese, grated or cubed
¼ Lb. American cheese slices, cut into ½ pieces
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
2 Tsp Salt (divided)
½ Tsp White pepper
1 Cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Procedure Steps
1. Set a large pot over high heat on the stove with 3 quarts of water, 1 Tsp salt and 1 Tbsp olive oil and bring to a boil. When the water comes to a boil add the elbow macaroni and cook until al dente then drain in a colander.
2. While the water is getting ready to boil take a 2 quart or larger sauce pot and add the milk and whisk occasionally over medium high heat. Mix the 2 Tbsp cornstarch with the ¼ cup cool water and dissolve well to form a slurry then whisk the slurry into the warm milk.
3. Continue to warm the milk over medium-high heat and fold in all the cheeses one at a time and gently whisk until melted and incorporated into the thickened milk. Then turn down the heat to medium-low.
4. Whisk in the nutmeg, salt and white pepper until incorporated.
5. Continue to heat the cheese sauce over a very low heat a few more minutes or until a sauce consistency.
6. Drain the cooked pasta into a colander and shake the excess water then return the pasta to the pot. Gently pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and stir well.
7. Serve immediately with the shredded parmesan cheese on top.
8. Optional: If you want a baked macaroni transfer the pasta and sauce to a baking dish then evenly top it with a mixture of 2 cups Italian bread crumbs and ½ cup melted butter. Then bake in a 350° F oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Frieda // Jun 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Whoo hoo! I’m so excited! I’m gonna make this for lunch tomorrow! Thanks SO much!

  • 2 curiousdomestic // Jun 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Sounds so GOOD! Somebody hand me a fork!

  • 3 Ryan Boudreaux // Jun 12, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    You are quite welcome! Enjoy, and let me know how it comes out for you!
    CCR =:~)

  • 4 Frieda // Jun 13, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I did it! It was awesome and my boys loved it!

    Thank you so much!!!

  • 5 Cajun Chef Ryan // Jun 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Frieda,
    Really love your adaptation of the recipe! Glad to hear it came out well!

    CCR =:~)

  • 6 Gera @ SweetsFoods // Jun 13, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I tasty guess that should be absolutely delicious!
    Cheddar, Swiss, American and Parmesan cheeses, what a winner team 🙂



  • 7 Heidi / Savory Tv // Jun 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love mac and cheese when it’s homemade! Did he win his game?

  • 8 Cajun Chef Ryan // Jun 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Heidi,

    Lost the Thursday night game, but won the Friday night one!

    CCR =:~)

  • 9 The Hungry Mouse // Jun 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Sigh. A meal made in heaven. Sounds wonderful!


  • 10 Ivy // Jun 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    This sounds delicious. I might make this tomorrow for lunch as I will be out all morning and need to cook something not very fuzzy but still delicious.

  • 11 Beth // Nov 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I love mac and cheese and all the grandchildren know they get the homemade stuff at grandma’s house….no KD here! This looks awesome and I am sure they will agree.

  • 12 zerrin // Nov 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I love the bread crumbs on it. Looks yummy!

  • 13 Shelby // Nov 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    a really great photo ryan! looks delicious!

  • 14 Rachel // Nov 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    The photo is gorgeous! You don’t even have to read the recipe to want it!