Ruth's Diner - Gramma Claire's Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
40 min
45 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Recipe courtesy Erik Nelson, chef and owner at Ruth's Diner in Salt Lake City, UT
  • 3 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Cheddar
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Monterey jack
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • For the topping:
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • Cook macaroni, drain do not rinse.

  • In a large saute pan, saute the onions in butter. Add the flour to make a roux and cook for 1 minute. Add the milk, bay leaves, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring often. Mix the 2 cheeses together in a small bowl. Once the mixture is at a simmer, add 3 cups of cheese mixture and the cottage cheese. Stir well, remove from heat, and remove bay leaves from mixture. Add macaroni noodles to milk mixture, mix well.

  • Pour 1/2 of macaroni mixture into a 2-quart baking dish, cover with 1/2 of the remaining grated cheese, add remaining macaroni mixture and cover with the remaining grated cheese mixture.

  • In small bowl mix together the topping ingredients and top the macaroni. Place into the oven and bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.

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