The typical American roadside diner makes outstanding Mac and Cheese, often serving it with other dishes. Creamy, cheesy and tender, Diner-Style Macaroni and Cheese is comfort food at its best.

Diner-style Macaroni and Cheese

Diner-Style Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 Cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick); melted
  • 1 dash Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 Cups shredded cheese such as
  • Havarti and Cheddar mixed
  • 2 eggs; slightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 Cups milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter; melted, and cooled slightly
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 dash Cayenne pepper
  1. For the Topping: Combine the bread crumbs, butter and pepper. Set aside.
  2. For the Macaroni: Prepare the macaroni according to package directions, cooking it so it's a tad on the firm side. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 4-quart casserole. Toss the cooked macaroni with the cheese, eggs, milk, butter, salt and black pepper to taste, paprika and cayenne and spoon it into the casserole. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top.
  4. Bake the macaroni until it's golden brown and bubbling on the sides, 25 to 30 minutes.
This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

Recipe by Marcy Goldman, a Montreal-based food writer and professional bakery and pastry chef and a regular contributor the LA Times

Wonderful topped with crumbled bacon, as shown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: each of 6 servings Calories: 423 Fat: 32 g Saturated fat: 19 g Carbohydrates: 17 g Sodium: 412 mg Fiber: 0.68 g Protein: 17 g Cholesterol: 159 mg

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