A classic soul food mac and cheese recipe, originally shared by John Legend when he visited Martha Stewart. Creamy and delicious, this recipe is a winner.
Ask any Southerner for their favorite BBQ side dish and they're bound to tell you mac & cheese!
Let’s be honest, what isn’t there to like about mac & cheese? A combination of velvety smooth cheese and tender pasta - baked to bubbling perfection - has got to be the ultimate comfort food!
Everyone has their own secret mac & cheese recipe and here we share the musician John Legend's, as revealed to Martha Stewart on her show.
Mac and cheese is versatile
Mac & cheese allows you to get creative and add in some fun flavors that you don’t find in more traditional recipes.
But the first thing you need to determine is your cheese blend – this is the key to a great dish!
Many people make the mistake of only using one cheese type, but a blend creates a range of flavors that make for a rich, decadent sauce.
This recipe calls for extra sharp cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack, but you can get more creative than that if you would like. Why not try some of our other favorites:
Gouda: melts perfectly and adds a sharp, yet rounded taste
Gruyere: melts into velvety goodness, and while on the saltier side, offers nutty notes
Cream cheese: melts wonderfully
Brie: rich and creamy, Brie adds a decadent touch
Goat cheese: adds a tangy yet creamy flavor
Parmesan: salty and nutty, adding a depth of flavor
Avoid buying pre-shredded cheeses as they tend to contain a preservative which keeps them from clumping. This means they don't melt as well and up being lumpy and gritty instead!
And whilst elbow macaroni is traditional, don’t be afraid to venture out and try other types of pasta.
You will always want to look for pasta that has a large surface area and nooks and crannies for that lovely sauce to get into.
Why not try:
Avoid long, thin pastas like angel hair, spaghetti and linguine as they will not hold so much of your lovely sauce.