Active Time
40 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 35 MIN
Serves : 6
© Marcus Nilsson

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large saucepan, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the flour to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Bring to a simmer, whisking, until the sauce thickens. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, whisking often, until no floury taste remains, 7 minutes. Add the celery seeds, mace, Tabasco and cayenne. Stir in the cheeses just until they melt. Remove from the heat and season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Step 2    

Butter a large, shallow baking dish. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta shells until almost al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Stir in the cheese sauce until thoroughly combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and let stand for 20 minutes.

Step 3    

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°. Bake the pasta in the upper third of the oven for 25 minutes, until it’s bubbling and starting to brown. Turn the broiler on and broil the pasta for about 1 minute, until it’s browned and crisp on top. Let the mac and cheese rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Make Ahead

The cheese sauce can be refrigerated overnight and reheated gently; add more milk if it is too thick.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 1

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Turfyartifact86

Review Body: As an old Detroit res I can't say how much I miss Slows now that I am in DC. I have made this every time my BGE spits out some pulled pork in the hopes I can recreate the mouth watering memories I have. THANK YOU! By far the best Mac & Cheese out there!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-12-25

Author Name: marka89153

Review Body: Are we to use American "Muenster" cheese in this or (far superior) Alsatian Münster cheese? I can't imagine American "Muenster" adding much of anything to the flavor?

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Date Published: 2017-04-30