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Emeril's Macaroni and Cheese

An Easy and Cheesy Recipe

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Emeril Lagasse shared his recipe for macaroni and cheese with Good Morning America.


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. small elbow macaroni
  • 2 tbsp. and 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black (or white pepper)
  • 1/2 lb. smoked gouda cheese (8 oz), grated (or 1/2 lb. 8oz. sharp cheddar cheese - choose whichever cheese you prefer)
  • 6 oz. bacon, chopped
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    Put the water, 1/2 tsp. of salt, and oil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook — stirring occasionally, until tender for about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cool water — set aside.

    In a large sauté pan cook bacon until crispy for about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

    In a small-heavy saucepan — melt 2 tbsp. of the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook — stirring constantly — for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly.

    Add the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper and continue whisking until the sauce is smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 8 minutes.

    Remove the white sauce from the heat and stir in the 6 oz of the cheese. Add the bacon. Continue stirring until the cheese melts.

    Lightly grease a 6 1/2 x 10 inch dish casserole dish with the remaining 1/2 tsp. butter. Combine the cheese sauce, macaroni, and bacon in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Taste and season , if necessary.

    Pour into the prepared casserole and sprinkle remaining 2-oz cheese on top. Bake until lightly golden on top, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

    Recipe copyright ©1999 by Emeril Lagasse

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: gouda or cheddar, bacon, macaroni

    Course: Casserole, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta, Side Dish

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