This macaroni and cheese with mornay sauce recipe comes from Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.
The key to creamy, crowd-pleasing mac and cheese is Mornay sauce – a variation on basic béchamel.
Yield: 8 Servings
- 1/2 lb dried elbow macaroni
- coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup finely grated Italian fontina cheese
- 2/3 cup finely grated Gruyere cheese
- 1 2/3 cups finely grated extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- pinch of white pepper
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add pasta; salt generously and cook pasta to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and drain well.
- Melt butter in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until bubbling but not browning, about 45 seconds. Add milk and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon (scrape across the bottom and around edge of pot to prevent scorching), until thickened and smooth. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
- Add fontina, Gruyere, Cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses, stirring until completely melted and sauce is smooth. Season with salt and black pepper, add cayenne and nutmeg, and stir to combine.
- Add pasta to sauce along with white pepper and salt; stir to thoroughly combine. Serve immediately.