Em's Mac n' Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Cheddar (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain well.

Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, being careful not to let the flour brown. Using a whisk, add the milk in a steady stream and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and smooth, 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the salt, pepper, cayenne, and 2 cups of the cheese, and stir well. Add the noodles and stir well. Pour into the prepared dish.

In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese with the bread crumbs and Essence. Sprinkle evenly over the macaroni and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William Morrow, 1993.


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This is a tasty dish but there is a problem. Emeril evidently is well known for recipes that are not well tested. This was the subject of a controversial article in which the New York Times food reporter was very critical of Emeril. Well this recipe may be a good example. The amount of cream/cheese sauce in this recipe is enough for a pound of dry pasta, not half a pound. Otherwise, the dish is tasty and the sauce has a nice consistency.I used an English farmhouse cheddar plus a little Parmegiano Reggiano for the topping. That gives it a little more flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go-to mac 'n' cheese recipe. Yes, I make modifications based on my taste! I skip the essence, but remember that the recipe snippet here is for a large sum of essence that isn't meant to be used all at once in ONE batch. Instead of essence, I add well drained stewed tomatoes and find that it adds nice acidity to break up the cheesiness. Also add in layers of mozz and gruyere. Add these in layers as I pour in the macaroni and cheddar sauce mixture. Always generous with all of these cheeses. Yum. Gooey and rich! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is hands down the best Mac & Cheese recipe I've ever had. We've been making it for years. It is 5 stars as written (I'm not about to rate a recipe and then reveal that I've changed it a million ways, thereby rendering my rating completely worthless) however as the years have gone on I have somehow managed to double the amount of pasta the recipe calls for, and I actually like it even better. 5 stars either way. No, that doesn't make sense to me either, but since it feeds more but loses nothing in the way of quality I do it. Everything else I keep the same. This will definitely become my hand-me-down family M&C recipe. I've even written it down in The Book. In ink, people. Ink. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was super easy and FANTASTIC! any time I have ever tried making anything that requires a rue I have failed miserably. Woot for my first rue success! Thanks, Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good. I used unseasoned breadcrumbs for the topping but next time I would use seasoned breadcrumbs instead. I substituted 1 cup of Colby jack cheese for the cheddar and combined with 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese. The essence adds a nice spice to the top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been searching for years for the perfect mac and cheese. Finally found it! This has just the extra lil' something one looks for in a mac and cheese that's not only creamy but flavorful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loved it, this is the 3rd time we have made it since discovering it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for ten people tonight with beef brisket sandwiches. I doubled the recipe. It would have made four to five small portions with the regular recipe. I used 3 1/2 cups of shredded mild cheddar and 1 1/2 cups of NY extra sharp cheddar cheeses. I put Italian Style Croutons in my food processor to make the bread crumbs and it was great! Got a lot of compliments. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe - more importantly kids love Em's Mac n Cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipie is not my favorite. I dont know if I did something wrong or not but basically what I got out of this was baked mac and cheese soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this mac and cheese--- BEST EVER! We don't call this Em's mac and cheese though, we call it Jess's mac and cheese bc she is known for always making it :) We usually double the recipe when we make it and we do 2 cups cheddar and 2 cups white american. We also add essense in the cheese mixture. My friend Jess likes to top it with bacon and it's AWESOME! You're guests will be looking forward to it at every gathering! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this recipe, especially the touch of cayenne pepper - that definitely made it tasty. I have yet to find a recipe, though, that is really cheesy tasting. This dish was very good and I'd make it again but it was a mild tasting dish even though I used sharp cheddar. I wouldn't say this is the best I've ever tasted, but it was easy to make, didn't take long and everyone in the house enjoyed it. I used panko bread crumbs instead of normal ones for a crunchier texture and like it just as much as regular crumbs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's the best mac and cheese recipe we have tried so far from food network! There are a few things we are going to change though for next time. We aren't going to put the topping on and put the essence in the cheese mix. And my husband said there was too much garlic in the essence so we're going to toss what we have and make a new one with half the garlic powder. Also, we messed up the roux and so we dumped our milk/roux mixture in a bowl and started the roux over and it ended up fine (with double roux mixture. On a side note, the person that said it wasn't enough for three people, that person is CRAZY! It fed two in our house and we didn't even eat half! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight and it was soooo good. I made a few minor changes to the recipe to make it as close to grandma's as possible: -First I used 3 different cheeses Muenster (1st time use-I felt lucky), Extra Sharp and Sharp and also I added another half cup of cheese (or more) before I mixed the cheese sauce with the pasta. -Last I omitted the Cayenne Pepper and breadcrumbs (Mac and Cheese in the south isn't made with breadcrumbs) and instead of putting Essence on top I put in the cheese mix. It was so good I coached my aunt into making a pan of mac and cheese over the phone and she loved it also. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is a very easy recipe to follow and my family loved it. I would suggest that you double the recipe because it does not go very far. It barely fed three of us, but very very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was recommended by my friend Denise, who said it was fantastic!! So I thought I'd give it a try. My first mistake was to make another meal while trying a new one...my husband does not like Mac & cheese, so I was making him Beef stew. I mixed all the ingredients for the main part, then all the ingredients for the Essence. Following the recipe (?), I procedded to dump the WHOLE amount of topping on the macaroni!!!!! Never giving a second thought that that much Cheyenne Pepper could bring down an army.... I carried my first ever attempt of Mac & Cheese to the table, looking prouder than a peacock, and procedded to dish it out for my daughters. Well...the first mouthful was kind of hot, but no one said anything. By the second mouthful, my nose started run, and my throat was scorched!!! My daughters both started clearing their throats and looking at each other, as if to say, you tell her first! Oh, and was it dry! The topping had soaked up all the liquid in the macaroni!! Needless to say, we all pushed our dishes away and procedded to looked at my hubby enjoying his beef stew with a huge smirk on his face!!! My first thought was, I followed the recipe correctly, so I called Denise...after her & her husband stopped laughing, they told me what I did wrong. That was about 2 weeks ago, my ears are no longer red and our lips are just starting to feel normal again..I will be giving it another try tonight. Wish me luck!! BTW, my daughters and I ended up having the stew! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used rotini instead of the macaroni. It turned out wonderful. Best mac and cheese ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read through the reviews before I made this dish. I can see how it might be bland with out a little extra seasoning. Here is how I made it and "kicked it up a notch!" 1rst, I used medium shells instead of elbow macaroni. I thought it would hold more cheese sauce! I like my food seasoned so I used 3 teaspoons of essence in the sauce instead of one, I didn't have cayenne so I used a couple of shakes of hot sauce instead. Also I added WAY more cheese...at least another cup in the sauce and another 1/2 cup on top. I used a combination of sharp cheddar and white cheddar. I think next time I will use an extra sharp cheddar and maybe some gouda...something to give it some more punch. I thought it all looked pretty liquidy when I put it in the casserole dish, but it came out nice and firm. I only used 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and the topping came out nice and crunchy. I would be tempted to add a little more pepper next time, but all in all this mac & cheese was really good and a big hit with the family item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the recipe using 2% milk and mild cheddar. I didn't have the Essence and didn't feel like making it so I omitted it. EXCELLENT. It is now the only Mac n Cheese recipe in my recipe box. Can't wait to make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
even better if u put a half a cup of mozz cheese item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Mac and Cheese is a good base to start with. Made as printed it is good but venture out and try multiple cheeses to add different flavors and tastes. I use 4 or 5 cheeses and have used as many as 7. Try Asiago, Gruyere, Fontana, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Pecorino Romano and I have even use Stilton. Top with bread crumbs, grated parmesan and a few dabs of butter to make a nice topping. Usually end up with a bit more cheese than the recipe calls for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my "go to" Mac 'n Cheese recipes. Emeril's seasoning adds just enough flavor and the 3 cups of milk makes it creamy! You must use at least 2% milk to get it to thicken--whole milk works the best. And the other reviewers are right, you need to add some extra cheese. I use 8 oz in the sauce and at least 4 oz in the topping...depending on what I have on hand, I'll add even more to the sauce! I also usually cut back a little on the bread crumbs to 1/4 of a cup. Overall, it's a winner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. So easy to make. I used sharp cheese (makes the difference). I also used low fat milk and it came out perfect (just make sure it thickens). And I also (like some below) used crumbled garlic croutons on top. I'm a garlic lover so it topped it off just right! Definitely a recipe to add to the dinner repertoire!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
With the reviews that were on here I thought I would give it a try, the crumb topping ruined it for me and my family. It didn't have the flavor I was hoping for, if I make this again I will add different kinds of cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great, and I recommend to everyone. Every other baked mac and cheese recipe i've tried is so dry. Instead of the bread crumb topping I take garlic & butter croutons...throw them in the food processor and add the essence to it. SOOO much better than using breadcrumbs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly the first time, and my husband did not like the bread crumb topping. So, the next time, instead of using bread crumbs, I topped it with essence but then added grated muenster cheese on top and baked it ill it was all melted and crusty! My husband loved it the second time, and I did too! I will definitely be making again in the future! item not reviewed by moderator and published
At first, I found the recipe to be a bit bland, like many others stated. However, the recipe was so easy that I decided to try it again with a few tweaks. I ALWAYS use whole milk, lower fat just doesn't add the right amount of richness. I also use sharp or extra-sharp cheddar. One of the problems with my first version was that it didn't taste cheesy enough. I have since started adding at least 1 extra cup of cheese, sometimes more if I'm feeling heavy-handed. =) The essence is so tasty that I throw in a tablespoon of it to the cheese sauce. The topping got a few tweaks, too. I add more essence than the recipe calls for. I also use Italian bread crumbs and add freshly grated parmesan along with the cheddar. Now that I've created this dish to my liking, I am always asked to bring it to potlucks and holidays! I love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this several times and each time it got rave reviews. I'm not one to leave a perfectly good recipe alone so I did some tweaking. I added more cheese and I used silk brand Soy milk instead of whole milk It gave it a rich flavor and didn't contain near the fat. Silk brand Soy milk can be obtained from Sam's club. it is the only one I would recommend item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed this dish tremendously. Here are some of the variations I have tried: Since I do not keep whole milk on hand, I use equal portions of 2% milk and heavy whipping cream. This gives the cheese a delightfully smooth and rich texture. The Essence is such an excellent contribution to the dish that I often use more than what is called for in the recipe. In place of plain breadcrumbs, I prefer Italian breadcrumbs in this dish. For those of you who find the cheese to be a bit bland, add fresh grated Parmesan. I always add Parmesan to my cheese sauces to prevent blandness, particularly when using mild cheddar. Just be sure to wisk in the Parmesan as a last ingredient to your cheese sauce while at a high temperature to ensure smoothness. Otherwise the Parmesan will separate and glob up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this recipe. It's easy and yummy. I agree that it can be a bit bland. I also use extra sharp cheddar cheese. It might be bland because no cream is used. We still love it at my house though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Okay so i might have messed this one up but ..it was pretty blah. no real taste other people in the house liked it. i used another cheese, and 2% MILK, would that effect the taste??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family all gave this macaroni and cheese a thumbs up. I did follow another reviewer's suggestion and added more cheese. I used about 8 oz. rather than the 6 recommended. I also intend to use sharp cheese next time (I only had medium) for a little extra flavor. Next time I make this dish I plan to mix the bread crumbs with a little melted butter rather than the cheese as the cheese ended up getting hard and crunchy and looked rather unappetizing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fabulous whether you bake it(breading) or not. If you don't like the breading (I love it, boyfriend hates it)---don't bake it but make sure you add all of the spices from the breading to the mac----such great flavor! Cayenne is not optional. This is the best mac and cheese recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was expecting this recipe to be a lot better given the 5 stars it has received. I am highly disappointed. Like some others have noted, it is quite bland. I used extra sharp, high quality cheddar as well as extra amounts of it to try to combat this problem, but it didn't work. There is definitely something missing to this recipe. (The bread crumb topping, however, is great when made with fresh bread crumbs and not those out of the canister.) On the other hand, my husband, who isn't much of a food person and doesn't like strong or varied flavors, liked it a lot. So I suppose for people like him this is a fantastic dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
or it's too bland item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish for Easter dinner and my family went crazy over it. It was easy to make and it tastes so good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make and tasted great! The essence added a nice kick to the breadcrumb topping. I also layered a pound of ground sirloin into it that was browned using some of the essence and it was delicious. I took other people's advice and added an extra 1/2 cup of cheese when making the sauce. My only mistake was that I used an italian 5 cheese blend instead of cheddar cheese. If I used cheddar, I think the sauce would have been stronger. The italian cheese blend I used made the sauce a little mild. Also, in order to get the sauce to thicken, I had to stir the milk in for an extra 5 minutes, but it came out perfect once the cheese was added. Overall, great recipe and it's going to be a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this recipe twice. The first time I went a little easy on a couple of the ingredients. The second time I followed the recipe to a tee. It was great! It's rich and flavorful, a great take on a classic comfort food. My father-in-law wants me to let him know the next time I make it so he can get to it while everyone else is getting the main dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe on several occassions--my 3-year old loves it! Instead of the bread crumbs, I actually crush up potato chips--my husband's mother used to do this when she cooked mac and cheese. It adds a great crispy texture to the creamy dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first time that I had ever made a rue for macaroni and cheese. It was so wonderful and cheesy, just like you get in restaurants. The second time I made it I accidentally put too much Cayenne in and the whole thing was wasted. The bread crumbs are wonderful too. I would recommend this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you are a purist when it comes to mac and cheese then this recipe is for you. This classic recipe is simple perfection. It is creamy and cheesy and I love the bread crumb topping. A winner in my recipe book!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a mac and cheese fan but whenever I make this for others it gets rave reviews. I've also added small bits of ham and/or smoked sausage to it to make it more hearty for dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making macaroni and cheese, and it was pretty good. The recipe was simple and easy to follow, and the end result, was good, but not spectacular. My family recieved it well, and it's a great basic macaroni and cheest recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I love this recipe. It is the best Mac and Cheese we have ever had. It is easy to make and is a hugh hit at partys. I am always getting requests for this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to make this for Thanksgiving and it was the best mac and cheese ever!!! Everyone was asking for the recipe. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent and easy recipe - just like my Mother's. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe - even for the picky eaters...I added cooked broccoli and chicken to the dish, then topped with bread crumbs, baked, and served as a main course. Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
everyone loved this dish but when I made according to recipe...1/2 pound of macaroni clearly was not right and I used 1 lb macaroni item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was really excited when I found this Mac and Cheese recipe. The sad thing is I can cook very well, but have never been able to master this simple dish without a recipe. I followed this recipe exactly as written. My macaroni was soupy and slightly grainy, it didn't taste cheesy, and the breadcrumb crust left much to be desired. There are better recipes on this site for basic mac and cheese that have a lower rating, so don't always go by the perfect score. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe exactly as is was the best tasting mac & cheese I have ever made. It was creamy, the top crunchy...oh sooo good. YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW love this recipe - I did add some spinach and a little extra cheese on top. My daughter loves mac & cheese and this one is a keeper! The essence really makes this dish pop! Thanks Emril!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make. My family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great recipe for mac & cheese. The best part if you don't finish it all, you can refrigerate, reheat and it looses none of it's flavors. My nephews love it and the 14 year old even took his first cooking recipe from me to learn how to make this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading all of the reviews, I was hopeful that this was going to be a great recipe. I think the recipe calls for too much flour in the roux. All we could taste was the flour - it was not cheesy or creamy at all (I even added extra cheese as many reviewers suggested.) Very disappointed and will keep searching for the perfect mac and cheese recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This mac and cheese was very good. I sauteed some prosciutto and added it to the macaroni. Also, I didn't use the essence in the topping, but mixed bread crumbs and panko with melted butter for a crunchy topping. It was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a great comfort food to make on a lazy Saturday and this pasta hit the spot. My boyfriend loved it so much he asked if I could make it on a weekly basis! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious, although if you are looking for a creamy mac and cheese, this is not it. My family prefers the creamy style so I will stick with that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read everyone else's review before making this mac n' cheese and there were some very good suggestion for altering this recipe. I used 2 cups cheddar cheese and 1 cup colby jack cheese and it came out excellent. I also used about half the breadcrumb on top. I used just enough to cover the top. Also, before you move the mac n' cheese to the baking dish, taste it to see if you need to add more salt and pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I hate to be the spoiler here but I thought it was a little to dry for my tatse. This is not comfort food. I made as directed and was disappointed. Not creamy at all. The rue started out nice but I think the bread crumbs absorbed all the moisture during cooking. I will try it again with some changes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So tired of reading all the FN recipes that call for a bunch of eggs. Not in my mac n'cheese thank you very much. This is the real deal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very bland and not as creamy as I would've hoped. I would try and find a more flavorful recipe for mac and cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted 1/2 cup of gouda for some of the cheddar, and it was AWESOME! And as for kids not liking it... my daughter couldn't get enough of it! I think we are done with that blue box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SO GOOD! Just be careful & don't do what I did the first time I made it... I got distracted & accidentally added the entire recipe of essence (it follows the mac & cheese recipe)Oops, I remade it right away & will never even look for another mac & cheese recipe~ item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS RECIPE IS JUST PERFECT! CREAMY AND RICH. EVERY ONE OF MY GUESTS LOVED IT AND ALSO ASKED FOR THE RECIPE. DEFINITELY THE BEST MAC AND CHEESE I HAVE EVER MADE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
just plain rich n' tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found that the texture was grainy, and it was not that cheesey. I would use more and different cheeses. I found it to be dry. My guest said they liked it, but I was not sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As reviewed by my 13 year old, 11 year old, and 9 year old: "I didn't like the flavor of the cheese and thought there was too much cheese in the recipe. I also thought it was too pasty/creamy. We like Ina's macaroni and cheese much better. Your 'BAM' was a BUST!" item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was not that great. It needed some flavor and the seasoning on top was not good at all. it seemed like it should have been seasoning for chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good taste. The essence really adds a good taste and just a little zing. Don't cook macaroni as long as it calls for or it will be to mushy. Otherwise great recipe ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This mac and cheese is wonderful, but the cheese you use determines just how yummy it is - so splurge on the best sharp cheddar you can find (also use about 1/2 a cup more than the recipe calls for)- I used a 7 year old cheddar from Whole Foods ($15/lb) and I have now served it to about 45 people & they all, and I mean all, loved it. At the last party people were warning their friends/loved one to make sure to get some before it was gone. I did not make the topping - I used Panko Bread crumbs, but tossed them in melted butter first (about 3tbs per cup - it is all about the butter!) Happy eating :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was soooo easy and made great leftovers. Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't think this was anything special item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so easy that a child could do it. My 10 year old brother loves it, and requests it often. I like to add just a dash more of paprika when I'm seasoning it. Paired with italian breadcrumbs, it can really round out an Italian style meal for a taste that both adults and children enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never had mac-n-cheese so rich and creamy. Just delicious!!! I added some melted butter to the topping and it made it so crispy and delicious! We loved it! I will make this a staple in my home! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is better than my moms! :O item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took and combined this recipe with Tyler's ultimate mac 'n cheese. Yum, yum, yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
although i knocked half the package of cayanne pepper into this dish, i was able to save it without having to start over. very tasty loved the topping item not reviewed by moderator and published
We add an extra half cup of cheese (extra sharp cheddar). item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this with alphabet pasta and it was PERFECTLY cheesy for the little one :) She loved it and so did we!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and it was wonderful! It was different from the traditional mac and cheese, and the flavor was very tasty. I really liked how the paprika and cayenne added to the flavor. It was very creamy and delicious. Definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great recipe - the two mac and cheese lovers in my house gobbled it up. Very creamy with a nice little zing in the crust. MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe. Very hearty & flavorful with the spice. I substituted rigatoni for the macaroni. Very easy. Loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great and cheesy. I also used 3 cups of cheese instead of 2 1/2 cups. Next time I think I will use a little less breadcrumbs on top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this often. Sometimes I use different cheeses, but the same recipe. My little grandson loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent family meal item not reviewed by moderator and published
my sister made this dish now the whole family is hook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For my family it didn't need the extra essence on top or leave out the cayenne. It was a little hot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my family specifically requests this particular mac n cheese recipe everytime we are having mac n cheese. Its a classic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a mac and cheese my family loved. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Emril and most of what he cooks but this one needs help. I had to add another 1 1/2 cups of cheese to the sauce and my son (and I) did not like the breadcrumb topping. BUT, make those changes and this is wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out wonderful and it was a big hit. The recipe is huge so cook this for a family dinner or to bring to a party or BBQ. The only thing I changed was that I bought the pre-made essence instead of making it from scratch.... no one noticed and I they still loved it! ENJOY!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I MADE THIS FOR MY FAMILY ONE NIGHT FOR SOMETHING NEW, AND THEY ALL LOVED IT. HAD A GREAT TASTE. THIS ONE IS FINE THE WAY IT IS. NO CHANGES NEEDED item not reviewed by moderator and published
This mac and cheese was good, but it was not particularly "cheesy," next time I would add more cheese and perhaps mix in some softer cheeses item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was my first time making homemade mac n cheese and this recipe was absolutely amazing. The only thing I recommend is mixing some of Emeril's Essence into the dish along with keeping it in the topping! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a huge fan of baked mac and cheese and this is probably the best that I've had. I've used this recipe a few times and made different variations of it, but the one recommendation that I will make is that you use sharp cheddar and only sharp cheddar cheese. I've used mild and medium and it doesn't taste a good as the sharp. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this recipe but use a little less milk... it was too creamy for us- we like our mac and cheese to be more "cheesey" so just 2 cups of milk and more cheese... 1/4 cup breadcrumbs instead of 1/2 cup.. Either way its good- its your preference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have prepared this recipe a few times for my family. They like it OK right when it is hot and fresh, not good for leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very delicious. I'd be sure to stick with a stronger cheese like sharp cheddar since this recipe is so creamy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i've made this a couple times and i love it with a nice side salad with some spicy russian dressing item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried a few recipes, and I never could find one I liked. My family always liked them, but not me. I tried this one, and thought, I know they will like it. I was planning on eating something else. I tried it, and OMG good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this mistake also. Learned the hard way!! Great recipe otherwise. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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