Quest for the Best Macaroni: Rachel Ray’s White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

macaroni and cheese rachel ray recipe

Jeff and I are on the hunt for a tantalizing baked macaroni recipe.  After trying out a few recipes with no success, Jeff stumbled across this recipe during his lunch break and we both thought it was definitely worth a try.  The picture advertising the recipe was reason enough for us to give it a shot.

This is Rachel Ray’s Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese recipe.  As much as I love my girl Rachel Ray, we did not love her macaroni recipe.  Like, yes.  Love, no.  It looked amazing but definitely lacked in the cheesy flavor department.  See for yourself and try it out.

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole or 2 percent milk (we only had 1%)
  • 3 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (we had trouble finding this at stores)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated (we only used a 1/4 teaspoon and I’m glad we did)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, a couple pinches (definitely adds a kick to it which I liked)
  • Salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked 8 minutes or to al dente
Game Plan:

1. Cook and drain macaroni

drain macaroni pasta

Cook macaroni to al dente and drain

2. Heat a medium, deep skillet over medium heat. Add oil and butter.

3. When butter melts into the oil, add flour and combine. Gently cook, whisking flour and butter together, until smooth and flour has had a chance to cook, about 3 minutes.

rachel ray cheddar cheese macaroni recipe

Add flour to the butter and oil

4. Slowly add milk while continuing to whisk. Gently bring milk to a bubble while stirring frequently.

5. Allow the milk to thicken a bit, then stir in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese a handful at a time.

how to make rachel ray's cheddar cheese macaroni recipe

Stir in shredded cheddar cheese a handful at a time

6. Season sauce with nutmeg and cayenne. Taste and add a little salt, if you like.

7. Add cooked pasta to sauce and coat completely by turning over and over in the cheese sauce.

rachel ray cheddar cheese macaroni recipe

Add sauce to cooked pasta and turn to coat completely

8. Transfer to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese.

rachel ray macaroni recipe

Transfer pasta to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese

9. Place baking dish under a hot broiler and brown the cheddar cheese on top.

rachel ray cheddar cheese macaroni recipe

Place macaroni under a broil to brown the cheddar cheese

rachel ray cheddar macaroni recipe

We paired the white cheddar macaroni up with our Weber Gourmet burgers and I have to say the burgers stole the show as far as flavor and the macaroni was a bit of a let down.

And so the search for the best macaroni recipe continues…

Here are some great main dish recipes to plate up with your macaroni:

Zesty Ranch Burger

Bangin’ BBQ Burger

Smoked Memphis Rub Chicken & Bacon Sandwich

You may want to try out these side dishes too:

Roasted Garlic Potatoes

Spicy Cajun Potatoes

Think your macaroni has what it takes to be the best?
Submit your recipes and maybe we’ll try it out!

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