Macaroni and cheese is my favorite color

Written by on January 17, 2012 in Recipes - 78 Comments

Macaroni and cheese is my favorite food in the whole wide world.Well, it is tied with crepes. And nutella. And goat cheese. All solid choices for number one, if you ask me.

Because I’m an expert on mac and cheese, I’ve kindly compiled my ┬árules for mac and cheese consumption:

  1. If it is ever on a menu in a restaurant, you get it. However, if it is listed only on the Kids Menu and not on the regular menu, do not get it.
  2. If you got a barbecue place and mac and cheese isn’t listed as a vegetable, get out of there. It is not worth your time.
  3. When a little kid in a class you teach when you are 24 tells you macaroni and cheese is his favorite color, you adamantly agree with him.
  4. When you crave Velveeta Shells and Cheese when you are pregnant, eat it. Nothing else will fulfill the desire for plastic cheese consumption. MOAR SHELLS AND CHEESE, nom nom nom
  5. When your glass pot top that you hid from your MUST TOUCH EVERYTHING baby shatters when it falls out of a high cabinet and possibly sends glass crumbles flying into your (covered, but not tightly) Christmas macaroni and cheese dish, you eat it anyway. Why do you think they call it safety glass?

Big Hands, I know you're the one.

It was worth the possibility of cutting my mouth and internal organs, and I spent 20 minutes with a flashlight and a magnifying glass examining every crevice of that dish. And I went for it. Nervous chewing stifled my full enjoyment of the dish about which I was most excited. No one else dared eat it, and my mother-in-law suggested I throw it all away. And then my head exploded all over Christmas. No one even noticed the broken glass after that.
Regardless, it was pretty darn good, and worth making again to enjoy fully.

You see any glass in there? Nope, me neither.

Beecher’s Flagship Macaroni and Cheese via MarthaStewart.com
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 20 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (about 3 3/4 cups)
  • 2 ounces Jack cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 ounces gruyere, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 12 ounces penne
For cheese sauce:
  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Continue whisking for two minutes
  2. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly
  3. Cook stirring frequently until sauce has thickened for about ten minutes
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Add Jack cheese and cheddar less 1/4 cup of total, salt, 1/4 tsp chili powder and garlic powder
  6. Stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, about three minutes
  7. Use immediately, or refrigerate up to three days.
  8. To reheat, place in saucepan over low heat and stir frequently until heated through
For pasta:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Butter or oil large baking dish
  3. Bring large pot of water to a boil and cook penne according to package directions, for two minutes less than directions state
  4. Rinse pasta and set aside
  5. In a medium bowl, mix cooked pasta and sauce gently but thoroughly
  6. Pour pasta into prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with gruyere, 1/4 cup cheddar cheeses and 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes
  8. Let stand for five minutes before serving

78 Comments on "Macaroni and cheese is my favorite color"

  1. Jennifer Pedersen January 17, 2012 at 9:39 am · Reply

    You crack me up! I wholeheartedly agree with rule 3.

    • Tricia January 17, 2012 at 9:56 am · Reply

      Words to live by, Jennifer.

  2. Karen January 17, 2012 at 11:27 am · Reply

    Soooooooooooo yummy. Where would you say the best mac & cheese ever is?

    • Tricia January 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm · Reply

      The best I’ve had lately was at Sunny Pointe Cafe in Asheville. Feta, goat cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds. YES!

      • Karen Bernhardt January 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm · Reply

        Darn the 2 hour drive!

        • Tricia January 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm · Reply

          I know, and it was a special, too. I just happened to be there one day when they had it.

  3. Ally Garner January 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm · Reply

    Eating mac & cheese with possible glass shards? That’s commitment girl. I love this post – you tickle me to death! Also, what is there anything more adorable than little baby bare feet? What a cutie-pie you’ve got!!

    Thanks for the delish recipe. I think I just found a side dish for the crock pot pulled pork I’m making Thursday.

    • Tricia January 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm · Reply

      Yum, that sounds excellent, Ally. Hope you like the mac and cheese!

  4. Leslie January 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm · Reply

    I can’t believe how big your baby is!! And my dinner plans have completely changed to not sure what main dish with mac and cheese-fo sho…

    • Tricia January 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm · Reply

      Shouldn’t the mac and cheese be the main dish? I mean. really.

  5. jamieywrites May 30, 2012 at 4:47 am · Reply

    Love this recipe! I love mac & cheese but in Malaysia, this is luxury food, which we enjoy on special occasions. Now I can cook them up at home ;)

    • Tricia May 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm · Reply

      Jamiey, thanks so much for coming by!

    • Tricia May 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm · Reply

      Jamiey, thanks so much for coming by on my SITS Day!

  6. Heather May 30, 2012 at 7:30 am · Reply

    Love love mac and cheese. My family not so much, unless you count my kids love affair with the mac and cheese that comes in a blue box.

    Rule #1 I live by.

    • Tricia May 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm · Reply

      Rule #1 is absolutely true. However, I’m not above eating it from a box at home; but I will not pay for it at a restaurant.

  7. JDaniel4's Mom May 30, 2012 at 7:45 am · Reply

    You are so right about it being on the kid’s menu. It is almost always from a box. My son prefers the non-boxed version. He is always disappointed when it arrives on his plate and it is from the box.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:27 am · Reply

      Although I will still eat it from a box, it is not acceptable for it to come like that in a restaurant. No. Use your commercial grade kitchen for something good.

  8. Tara @ secretsofamomaholic.com May 30, 2012 at 8:43 am · Reply

    Looks RIDICULOUSLY good!!!
    Mac n cheese is one of my favorites- I wish I could eat it whenever I want!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:28 am · Reply

      Tara, I would eat it for every meal if it were legal.

  9. Cheryl May 30, 2012 at 8:46 am · Reply

    Yum! my husbands favorite food – we’ll have to give this a try!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:29 am · Reply

      Cheryl, it truly is delicious. Thanks for coming by!

  10. Sarah May 30, 2012 at 8:47 am · Reply

    So glad I am not the only adult out there that obsesses over mac ‘n cheese. LOL. Great blog – can’t wait to read more and I am SO going to try that recipe. Happy SITS Day!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:29 am · Reply

      Sarah, I know. It is a sickness. I love it so. Come over and we’ll make some. Thanks for coming by!

  11. Shannon May 30, 2012 at 9:21 am · Reply

    Your mac & cheese rules are so true!

    We’re big mac & cheese eaters here, especially my youngest. She could eat it every day for the rest of her life.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:30 am · Reply

      She’s being raised right, Shannon. :)

  12. Fadra May 30, 2012 at 9:42 am · Reply

    So whaddya say you and me find a place in Charlotte during Type-A and gorge ourselves on mac & cheese??

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:31 am · Reply

      Um. H to the Y! Mert’s and Queen City Q have the absolute best. See you there.

  13. Ilene May 30, 2012 at 10:21 am · Reply

    I like Mac & Cheese with a bite. I will have to try it with gruyere. Love the etiquette – can’t agree with you more about pregnancy cravings! Happy SITS day!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:31 am · Reply

      Gruyere changes everything, Ilene. Go for it, and thanks for coming by!

  14. Martine | Work at Home Mom Writer May 30, 2012 at 10:32 am · Reply

    Yummy! Macaroni and cheese is one of my guilty pleasures. I just LOVE it. You recipe sounds divine! I hope that I can find those cheeses all the way here in Manila, though! It’d be nice to try it out. Happy SITS Day, by the way!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:32 am · Reply

      Thank you for coming by, Martine. If those cheeses aren’t available, really any cheese will do. :)

  15. thedoseofreality May 30, 2012 at 10:37 am · Reply

    Seems perfectly reasonable to me. It wasn’t like you went ahead and ate brussel sprouts or something. It was mac-n-cheese for God’s sake. I say there was really no choice in the matter, actually.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:33 am · Reply

      I thought so, too. There was $15 worth of cheese in there. No way I was going to throw it away.

  16. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos May 30, 2012 at 11:04 am · Reply

    OMG I LOVE these rules (and I’ll confess – I always have a box of Velveeta Shells & Cheese in the pantry for emergency purposes *LOL*)

    Happy SITS Day! I’m off to wander about the blog :)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:34 am · Reply

      Aly, I can’t keep it in the house. I’m helpless against it. But I have been known to take an emergency trip to the store to pick up Shells and Cheese. It’s a sad, sad addiction.

  17. Jester Queen May 30, 2012 at 11:15 am · Reply

    That DOES look good. I love your strategy to get it all to yourself. (What? That was an accident? SUUURE.) I like how yours holds together pizza style when you cut it. I approve!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:36 am · Reply

      It was all mine. And I loved it. Now I’m going to have to make it again — that was six months ago and I have forgotten what it tastes like. :)

  18. Morgan May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am · Reply

    I’m afraid cheesy pasta is my absolute downfall. I would have braved the glass to eat with you! :)

    Enjoy your SITS day! :)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:36 am · Reply

      Next time I make it, Morgan, come over. We’ll eat it together. I promise no glass will be added this time.

  19. Kim May 30, 2012 at 11:31 am · Reply

    Now this sounds deeeeelicious!! I will be trying very soon…my tummy will be thanking you!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:37 am · Reply

      It is so the yum, Kim. Thanks so much for coming by!

  20. Adina May 30, 2012 at 11:38 am · Reply

    Number 2 has so much truth to it, it should be needlepointed on a pillow or something!

    Love it! I’m weird – mac and cheese is my favorite meal – but I love to eat hamburger dill pickles with it. Something I learned from my father. Try it sometime, it’s sounds gross, but is truly awesome.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:39 am · Reply

      Adina, I can’t do the pickles of any sort. I can’t even stand the smell. My husband, on the other hand, could a jar as a meal. After he eats them, I swear I can smell them on him for days. However, I like your idea of adding things to the mac. I’m always up for new additions…except pickles. :)

  21. Felicia May 30, 2012 at 11:56 am · Reply

    I so love this post!! Mac and cheese is a pretty good meal in my house. But mac and cheese as a color? that’s priceless.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:39 am · Reply

      It was the cutest thing ever when he said that, and I have never forgotten it. Thank you so much for coming by!

  22. another jennifer May 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm · Reply

    My sons are obsessed with mac and cheese, which gives me a great excuse to eat it often. My favorite part of this post is the subtle Violent Femmes reference. :)

    Happy SITS Day!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:41 am · Reply

      I want to kiss you on the mouth for getting the VF reference. Love that song, and I sing it to the Wee Frat Boy often because he is so very handsy. I feel sorry for any girls he dates in the future.

  23. Laura May 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm · Reply

    Yum. I love cheese. Our favorite food lists are a close match. Since you are an expert on mac and cheese I will trust you that this is a winning recipe. Gonna write it down. (diabetes does mess up this dish for me a bit though)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:42 am · Reply

      Hmm. I don’t know that I have a diabetes-friendly mac and cheese recipe. Laura. I honestly don’t know what one would be, but if I find one, I will send it to you. Thank you so much for coming by!

  24. Cole May 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm · Reply

    Happy SITS Day! I can’t believe your MIL thought the mac and cheese should have been thrown away. Some people just don’t have the needed mac and cheese dedication! :-)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:43 am · Reply

      She is a lovely woman, but that suggestion was an abomination. It took me weeks to forgive her.

  25. Nicole May 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm · Reply

    Ohhh girl I love my Mac and Cheese! One food I will never live without!!

    The crazy thing is I think there really is a color called “Macarooni and Cheese.”

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:43 am · Reply

      Then it would be the best color in the Crayola box. :)

  26. Amy May 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm · Reply

    I thought I loved mac & cheese, but your dedication puts me to shame. Happy SITS Day!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:44 am · Reply

      Ha! Thanks so much for coming by, Amy!

  27. Joanne May 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm · Reply

    I love it too and that recipe looks yummy. I will try it. Hope you are enjoying your SITS day.

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:44 am · Reply

      Thanks for coming by, Joanne!

  28. Andrea @ No Doubt Learning May 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm · Reply

    Ha ha! Rule 1 rings true over here! :) Hope you’re having a great day being featured!!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:44 am · Reply

      Thank you, Andrea!

  29. Rebecca Rider May 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm · Reply

    This recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it this week!!

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:45 am · Reply

      Please let me know how you like it, Rebecca. Thanks so much for coming by!

  30. New York Cliche May 31, 2012 at 10:04 am · Reply

    There is a restaurant in NYC called ‘Smac which serves only mac & cheese dishes. I think you need to visit! Happy SITS day :)

    • Tricia June 1, 2012 at 8:46 am · Reply

      You may be my very favorite person for telling me that. I’m heading to NYC in August for BlogHer–must get to ‘Smac!

  31. krystle June 7, 2012 at 11:22 am · Reply

    My kids like the blue box (most of the time). I tried to make it from scratch once and they didn’t like it. Sigh.

  32. Andrea June 27, 2012 at 8:59 am · Reply

    OK, I had to read this because I could live off of mac-n-cheese if it were possible. I suppose it could be, but alas, not the best idea ever.

    But we’re somehow soul sisters, my friend. And if I had known this I would have made sure we found a place w/it near the conference and eaten over the glow. :)

    • Tricia June 27, 2012 at 9:25 am · Reply

      Andrea, have you heard of S’Mac in NYC? We are going there for lunch on Thursday before the conference. Will you be in town yet? If so, come with us!

  33. CJ - Food Stories July 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm · Reply

    Enjoying your site so I’m nominating you for my Illuminating Blogger Award for informative, illuminating blog content. I know not everyone participates in blog awards but I hope you’ll at least check it out because it’s a great way to discover new blogs and meet new web friends. If you’re interested in participating, you can check out the details at my site … http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/ … Either way, hope you’re having a great day!

    • Tricia July 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm · Reply

      Wow, I’m so honored! Thank you so much! Looking forward to checking it out!

  34. hannah July 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm · Reply

    I’ve never made macaroni and cheese from scratch, but your recipe sounds delicious. But I must I have made LOTS & LOTS of Kraft mac and cheese. When my daughter was little that’s the only thing she would eat for lunch, day, after day, after day ………
    Hannah

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