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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Did you know that making macaroni and cheese from scratch rather than a box gives this down home dish takes new dimension? The cheese sauce gives this dish its creamy, smoothness and the crostini bread crumbs top it off with a tasty, crispy  texture. You can add more cayenne pepper and nutmeg to change it from mild to spicy!

After eating this hearty comfort dish, I took a walk in the rain…not planned since I am not a romantic who loves walking in the rain. It started raining when I wanted to walk and I discovered I delight in breathing fresh, nearly pollen-free air even when it is lightly raining.

What a great combination of experiences: great comfort food and a brisk walk in a gentle rain! So how about you make a batch for yourself? And maybe you can also take a walk in the rain while listening to “Walkin’” played by Miles Davis.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 ounces yellow cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 20 pieces garlic crostini
  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9”x13” pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour.
  4. In a microwaveable bowl, warm milk for one minute on high power.
  5. Whisk milk into roux. Over medium heat, bring sauce to a simmer.
  6. Grate cheeses. Divide into fourths. Add and stir after each one-fourth addition.
  7. Lower the heat, while stirring, add cream, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. As soon as sauce thickens, remove from heat. Set aside.
  8. Cook the macaroni 4 minutes shorter than standard time. Drain. Place in the 9”x13” pan.
  9. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni. Stir gently to coat macaroni.
  10. In food processor, pulse crostini until fine bread crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of macaroni.
  11. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and hot.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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