Martha Stewart Shares a Flawless Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Macaroni and cheese is always a crowd-pleaser, full of delicious cheese and the right combination of spices. Martha Stewart is the one many people turn to for amazing housekeeping tips, fun and useful crafts, and scrumptious recipes. This mac and cheese recipe is fail-proof and guaranteed to deliver a truly satisfying dish!

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Martha Stewart visits Build Series to discuss the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine at Build Studio on April 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

What This Recipe Requires

For 12-servings worth of Martha Stewart’s macaroni and cheese, you will need:

  • 1 pound of elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups of grated Gruyere
  • 4 and a half cups of grated sharp cheddar
  • A quarter teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, black pepper, grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Half a cup of flour
  • 5 and a half cups of milk
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • Six slices of white bread – crusts removed, torn into half-inch pieces


Mac and Cheese as Made by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart recommends preheating the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish. Set it aside. In a medium bowl, put the torn-up pieces of bread and set them aside. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan on medium heat. Pour the batter over the bread. Toss to coat. Heat the milk in a saucepan at medium heat. In another high-sided skillet, melt the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter and mix in the flour once it bubbles. Mix and cook for 1 minute.


In the flour-butter mixture, add the milk slowly, whisking constantly. Stir in the prepared spices, 1 and a half cup of cheddar, and 1 cup of Gruyere, whisking to make a creamy consistency. Set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and cook the macaroni a few minutes short of fully cooked. Strain and rinse the macaroni in a colander under cold water. Mix the macaroni into the cheese sauce and transfer to the casserole. Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese and the bread crumbs. Bake for about 30 min. Let it cool for 5 min before serving!