Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

This is one from the archives.  Seriously.  How could I neglect a fantastic mac and cheese recipe that can easily be made on a weeknight AND adapted in just about a million different ways? I’m hanging my head in comfort-food shame.

I was in this amazing kitchen store in the downtown Hanover area, and I happened to stumble upon a great cookbook…all about macaroni and cheese.  Feeling a little indulgent, I went ahead and treated myself to a copy (since I was salivating over pretty much every recipe in the whole book)….and….went ahead and stopped on the way home from the store to buy the ingredients from one of the first recipes in the book.

As I said, this mac and cheese comes together in a snap (making the pasta itself is the longest part).  The crème fraîche adds a lot of creaminess to the dish (look for it in the specialty cheese section or in the dairy aisle of your specialty grocery store…if you can’t find it, some people suggest using Greek yogurt as a substitute.  I never have used this myself.)  I ended up using Emmenthal cheese (think Swiss cheese-like), but you could use anything you want: Gruyère, Comté, or Appenzeller.  Add some spices or fresh herbs in there to make it your way.  I have already posted another mac and cheese version, but, really, can you have too many?

Ah, there’s nothing like the ultimate in comfort food, is there?

Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Servings: 4

Ingredients

12 ounces macaroni (whatever shape you like)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup yellow onion, minced

12 ounces Emmenthal cheese, shredded

4 ounces crème fraîche

Pinch of nutmeg

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

 

Instructions

1. Cook the pasta as directed until it is al dente, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

2. Return the pasta to the saucepan immediately.

3. Add the garlic, onion, and cheese to the top and mix lightly to coat.

4. Add the crème fraîche, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and butter, stirring well.

5. Add 1/4 cup of the hot cooking liquid to the mixture and stir until the cheese is thoroughly melted, adding more hot water if needed.

6. Stir the mixture until smooth and creamy.  Serve immediately.

 

Source: Barely adapted from Macaroni and Cheese by Marlena Spieler.

 

September 17, 2011 - 7:36 am

Lauren at Keep It Sweet - There is nothing like a comforting bowl of mac and cheese! This recipe looks wonderful, I bet the creme fraiche puts it over the top!

September 17, 2011 - 9:13 am

Tes - Oh my god! The shot that you pulling the melting cheese up with the fork simply makes me drool :)

September 17, 2011 - 10:08 am

srlacy - Thanks, Tes! It’s so ironic that you say that because I was finding it incredibly hard to get a good one-handed shot on manual….I almost didn’t post it. Who can resist ooey gooey cheese? :)

September 17, 2011 - 10:54 am

Melody - Emmenthal cheese? I’ve never heard of it… What’s it similar to and what can I substitute with if I can’t find it? Thanks!

September 17, 2011 - 11:08 am

srlacy - Hi Melody-

Please see the post. I mention several different alternatives, but I think you could try it with just about any kind of cheese. Good luck!

September 17, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Christina @ This Woman Cooks! - Ooo the last picture with the melted cheese…be still my heart!

September 17, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Anna - I have the same cookbook and that was the first recipe I tried as well! It looks like your batch turned out amazing. Thanks for the reminder to check out some more recipes from that cookbook – sometimes I forget to use the cookbooks I have!

September 17, 2011 - 7:36 pm

Taylor - This is exactly what I was looking for to make for Sunday supper tomorrow!

September 17, 2011 - 9:59 pm

Nicola @ unhip squirrel - Oh. My. God.

The gooey cheese strings coming off the fork are amazing. Amazing!

September 18, 2011 - 12:48 am

Paula @ Dishing the Divine - This looks so comforting! our weather is still hot, but in the cooler months I dream of a plate of mac & cheese! I love that this has creme fraiche in it. I haven’t had that in a pasta dish before!

September 18, 2011 - 1:24 am

Marie Cinqmars - Look at the bokeh, just beautiful photography, now this is what I call grown up mac & Cheese, I love it.

September 18, 2011 - 11:55 am

Jana @ delectablymine - I’m salivating at the site of stringy, melted cheese. How absolutely delicious, and so easy too!

September 18, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Alyze - As a fellow vegetarian I was so excited to find your blog and I swear I went through every recipe youve posted! (I may have also gone a little crazy with your recipes and pinterest :) )

Just one question…as the wife of a PGY-2 resident (medicine)…how the heck do you find the time to make such amazing things AND blog about it all!? You are awesome!!!

September 18, 2011 - 7:31 pm

srlacy - Hi Alyze!

Hahaha. I have no clue. I run on high speed, I guess. :)

Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you like the website-it’s a very important part of my life.

September 19, 2011 - 9:26 am

Peggy - Mac and cheese seems to make everything right in the world! It’s the quintessential comfort dish, in my opinion =)

September 20, 2011 - 12:05 am

Mike @ How To Make A Smoothie At Home - Totally awesome recipe!! I love mac & cheese & so does my family. Can’t wait to make for them.

September 20, 2011 - 12:06 am

Mike @ How To Make A Smoothie At Home - Thanks for the easy recipe!! Can’t wait to make it for my family.

September 27, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Annie - Oh sweet jeebs! That last photo has me drooling. I am making this very, very soon. Can’t wait.

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