Guest Blogger: Cheddar and Gruyere Mac & Cheese

Thanks, Emily, for this very delicious guest post!


1/2 lb pasta
2 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups grated gruyere
1 cup grated cheddar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season generously with salt.
  3. Add the pasta and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain.
  4. While the pasta cooks, heat the milk in a small saucepan over low heat - don't bring it to a boil. Set aside.
  5. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk over low heat for 1 minute. While whisking, add the warmed milk and cook until thickened and smooth (2 to 3 minutes).
  6. Remove from heat. Add the gruyere, cheddar, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into medium baking dish. **I spooned some into a small ramekin and the rest in a separate baking dish**
  7. Top with panko bread crumbs. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.   I usually pop it under the broiler for a minute or two right before I take it out to make sure the top gets nice and brown!



  1. this is my favorite mac n cheese recipe - gotta love barefoot contessa! i used smoked gruyere instead to give it a unique flavor!

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    1. GREAT idea to use smoked gruyere...I will def try next time I make this!

  2. Jaime I hope you're having an amazing time in Italy!! I miss you and thanks for letting me today's guest blogger :)

  3. It doesn't get much better than this!

  4. Omg I am printing this recipe, it sounds delicious!



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