Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
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Macaroni and Cheese

20 MIN
20 MIN
4 main course or 8 appetizer servings


Topping (optional)


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and coat lightly with oil. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the flour, paprika, mustard and nutmeg and continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Add the macaroni and hot pepper sauce, stirring to coat. Adjust the seasoning. If necessary, thin with a small amount of milk.


  1. Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces.
  2. In a skillet, brown the diced bread in the butter and add the bacon.
  3. If serving as an appetizer, spoon the macaroni into ramekins or onion soup bowls. Top with bacon and croutons. Season with pepper.


  1. I just love this recipe. I use it as my base and go from there. Whether I change the cheese or add herbs, knackwurst, bacon, lobster or crab. This is the best way to start and make it personally mine. It is just perfect the way it is as well.

  2. This is my go to mac and cheese recipe, I'm surprised it doesn't have more reviews.... maybe people are to busy enjoying it to write about it!

  3. Delicious. We tried this with smoked cheddar and pancetta also and it was great!

  4. Very, very good...this is indeed comfort food! The next time I will thin the sauce with milk a little and cut back on the paprika slightly. I also did not use the bacon. I made my topping with Panko breadcrumbs mixed with melted butter, and I baked it in a buttered casserole at 325 F. Everyone liked it!

  5. Delicious - just like every recipe on this website!!

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