Chef notes

Mac and cheese is America’s ultimate comfort food — and very much mine, too. But getting the center creamy and the outside crusty eludes most of us. This recipe cracks the code.

Technique tip: If the center heats past 180 F, the cheese sauce can break, and if that happens your mac will be a greasy mess.

Swap option: Works with most any semi-hard cheese.



Preheat the oven to 350 F


Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook, stirring frequently, until fully cooked according to the directions on the package. Drain and reserve.


In a blender, mix the milk, eggs, flour, salt, paprika, garlic powder, cottage cheese and mixed grated cheese, and blend on high until completely incorporated (about 2 minutes).


In a large bowl, mix the cooked macaroni with the cheese sauce.


Pour the macaroni and cheese mixture into a 9-by 13-inch baking dish, spreading it evenly, then bake 35 minutes.


Rest at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.