John Legend’s Macaroni and cheese recipe (OMG, so goooooood!)


I made my favorite mac & cheese recipe tonight. The milks and eggs form a savory custard that holds the pasta together and is so delicious.
I add extra paprika, black pepper, garlic salt, and parsley to the macaroni while it cooks to flavor the pasta itself. Instead of Monterey Jack, I use a blend of Gouda and Muenster cheeses. It goes without saying that I add more cheese than what’s in the recipe.
John Legend’s Macaroni and Cheese
From Martha Stewart: When musician John Legend visited Martha, he shared this recipe for his favorite Southern comfort food.

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

3 cups elbow macaroni

2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk

1/3 cup skim milk

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 (8-ounce) packages extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 (8-ounce) package Monterey Jack cheese, grated

Paprika, for sprinkling
DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Generously butter a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish; set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain, and return to pot.
Add butter, and toss until pasta is coated and butter has melted; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, skim milk, and eggs. Add seasoned salt, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; set aside.

In another medium bowl, combine cheeses; set aside.

Place 1/3 macaroni in an even layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish; cover evenly with 1/3 cheese. Repeat with remaining macaroni and cheese mixture. Pour milk mixture evenly over contents of baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake until top layer is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

(Personal note: While preparing this, I thought about variations for it. Adding chunks of ham or crumbled bacon to it would be scrumptious and would add protein to the cheesy goodness. Or add hamburger, if that’s your thing. Also, you can turn it into a tuna casserole by adding two 6-oz cans of tuna and a cup of frozen peas. I’m sure there is so much more that you could do with it. The possibilities are endless. Be creative. Have fun. Enjoy the deliciousness!)

 

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