recipe: gourmet mac and cheese? (yes please!)

August 19, 2010


Last week I did a bunch of cooking for my brother, Matthew and myself. I made this yummy mac and cheese that’s a recipe from my family’s cheese company, Point Reyes Blue. If you haven’t tried their blue cheese you must! It’s really the best. My brother and I always say we hated blue cheese until we tried this one! In an effort to use what was in the cabinet I used medium shells since we were out of elbow macaroni. The recipe called for their Vintage White Cheddar but since I didn’t have any I substituted regular cheddar. It still turned out good but I’d definitely recommend using a white cheddar if you can.

I also sauteed some mushrooms with lemon juice, garlic and parsley. It was soo easy and delicious!

Gourmet Mac and Cheese from Point Reyes Original Blue
1 pound elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup flour
4 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 cup grated Jack cheese
1 1/2 cup grated Point Reyes Vintage White Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup (about 6 ounces) Original Blue cheese crumbles
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the macaroni a la dente. Drain well and set aside.
While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter and sauté the onion until soft.
Stir in flour and cook until mixture is smooth. Whisk in milk and summer until the mixture thickens slightly. Add the mustard, Worcestershire, pepper sauce, and all the cheese. Stir to melt.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the sauce with the cooked macaroni and pour into a 9×13-inch baking pan.
Cover with foil and bake in 350 F oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and return to over for 10 minutes.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Serves 8.

It’s seriously so good! A great comfort food for the middle to end of summer! And if you’re worried about the spicy factor I could hardly tell. So those of you who like more heat and add extra!


  • Amazing! I am a HUGE mac & cheese eater and this looks amazing. The pictures are beautiful too.

    xo M

  • It all sounds incredible! I'm from Georgia so I'm very well-versed in southern dishes such as the ever-important mac & cheese. 🙂 Yours looks YUM. Having experimented with all kinds of noodles, I can definitively say that shells are my personal favorite–they're the best at scooping all the yummy cheesy stuff!

  • Yum! I was going to post a mac and cheese recipe on my blog in a few days – you'll have to check it out! This one looks tasty though…

  • Oh wow… I'm not generally a mac 'n cheese fan but this looks DELICIOUS.

  • That looks delicious! And our local market in OH sells the cheese! Super excited to try it! Thanks for the recipe!!

  • This sounds INSANELY spectacular! I absolutely must try making it; I just hope I can do it justice.
    xo Josie

  • That looks amazing!!

  • Yum. Looks great!

  • Yum that looks and sounds sooo delicious. I am so hungry, haha

  • I AM SOOO TRYING THIS AS SOON AS I POP THE BABY OUT *sadly blue cheese is a no no and so is feta…i'm in withdrawals!*

    looks fantastic thanks for sharing

  • Thanks for the recipe and you are totally making me hungry. I didn't know your family had a cheese business – so cool!

  • that mac n cheese looks incredibly good Mara! yummmm. if i could eat m&c every day, i would, it's my favorite comfort food. i didn't know your family had a cheese business either, that is awesome!!

  • Oh my word. This sounds purely magnificent. And now you have gone and made me hungry!

  • Oh man! I'm drooling over here! Looks divine!

  • oh my!! That looks heavenly!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I've got to try that!!

  • Always always!! YUM!

  • I am going to make this by the end of the week.. holy delicious looking food!

  • Mac and cheese is one of my all time favorite meals and I'll admit plain old Kraft takes the cake for me, but your gourmet mac and cheese looks divine and I just must try it…yes please! 🙂

    Thank you for yet another yummy recipe and what great pictures too!

    I hope you are having a lovely week, Mara!

    Liesl 🙂

  • I have a friend (named Matt, oddly) who LOVES mac and cheese in a major way. Next time he visits, I'll have to make this!

  • P.S. I just grabbed your blog button!

  • Yum. I love mac 'n' cheese, especially the kind you put in the oven and top with buttery panko crumbs.

  • that look soo delicious! i love mac n cheese! have you ever tried the martha stewart recipe? it calls for gruyere and white cheddar, soo good! that is pretty cool that your family owns a fancy cheese shop.

  • Ams

    Oh that looks and sounds SO good!!! I wonder if my kids would like it… I am predicting I would so that's good enough right?!

  • Umm.. I want this in my tummy right now! 🙂

  • yum ym… i think i need to stop eating pasta though… i think i gained 3 pounds this week… brrrrrr how??? (the answer is a cheesecake a day….)

  • this looks INSANE!!!

    I miss you:( Will email you back soon, when I'm back in LA.. shortly

  • Mara, my mouth is watering!!!

  • 要在憂患恥辱的環境裡,創造我們自力更生的新生活。..................................................

  • Mac and cheese is such a comfort food for me! I'm definitely giving this a try! :).

  • Ooh yummy. We always loved the little shells so much more than the elbows because the cheese would get stuck inside and taste amazing 🙂

  • Yum I love experimenting with mac & Cheese (my husband loves it too)
    This looks delish!


  • MMMM! That looks so delicious. I want to make some right now! 🙂

    LOVE, Makay

  • Looks delish.
    I will have to try it!

  • This sounds a lot like Pasta ai Quattro Formaggi – delicious!!
    I make mine with gorgonzola instead of blue cheese, and sneak in pureed cauliflower and carrot to make it more nutritious and creamier.

    I'll have to try your recipe, it sounds awesome!!

  • woah! that looks amazing! i'll have to give that a whirl… after my honeymoon. ;D

    also – i was perusing wedding websites late last night (as i do these days) when i found myself on joel serrato's website. i hadn't read your blog about it yet, so it was a complete surprise when i saw your beautiful face! just gorgeous pictures!!!

  • Oh YUM!

  • Yum Nothing beats gourmet mac and cheese!

  • Look at you being all chef-y and stuff. That looks amazing and you just had to show me that at lunchtime when I have a boring salad. I'm going to have mac on the brain all day today now jk!

  • this is the second post today that has had a mac n cheese post. yours look super awesome and i love the idea of mushrooms on the side. glad there is ton of mac n cheese love.

  • you and olivia both have awesome mac & cheese today.. i'm realllly gonna need to make some tonight!

  • That looks so amazing. I love mac and cheese. Especially when made with shells. 🙂

  • That's totally going on the menu this weekend! 🙂

  • I am so going to try this one…I am craving some comfort food right now:) The photos are amazing:)
    Mara, have a great day:)


  • omg..that looks amazing! Right now I'm making angel hair pasta with fresh herbs and olive oil…yumm

  • How can you go wring with Mac and Cheese? I love it!!

  • OMG YUM!!! Looks delish girly, I will have to try this.

  • I love macaroni and cheese!!!


  • um yes please over here!! sounds so gooood….

  • ohhh my that looks so good! Lottie and Doof has a really good gourmet one too that I've tried 🙂

  • Ohh yumm! I heart mac & cheese. I have a good recipe that you add bread crumbs to at the last minute and broil for a minute! 🙂

  • Oh your mac n cheese looks so delicious! It's one of my favorite foods!

  • drooling at the mouth!

  • YUM!!!!!! THis looks incredibly amazing and tasty.

  • Oh my gosh! My mouth is watering! I have been craving mac-n-cheese for a while now… and I don't normally like mushrooms, but those look so delectable.

  • That looks so good! I can't wait to try it.

  • Mmmm delish!

  • Oh Mara! That looks so good!!!

  • Amy

    That looks WONDERFUL. I would eat the whole batch in one go.

  • my husband is obsessed with mac and cheese. i'll probably be making this soon :]

  • WHAT?!?!?! That looks seriously amazing. I need to try that asap. 🙂

  • Your family owns a cheese company? That is so cool! I just had a look at the website – love that it's gluten free 🙂

    Is that orange stuff in the first picture cheese? I've never seen cheese so brightly coloured before! What type is it?

    x Jasmine

  • i love that your family has a cheese company! i've never made mac and cheese like this, but it looks so delish i think i'm going to give it a try!

  • Oh dear…I'm in trouble…

  • The hubby just made this! I can't wait to try it 🙂

    xo M

  • this looks….incredible.

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