Mac and Cheese with Cracker Crumble

To create a mac and cheese with the silky consistency of Velveeta, but using a flavorful, aged cheddar, chefs and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio add sodium citrate to bind their cheese sauce. “Sodium citrate will be your new best friend for cheese sauces,” says Bryan. “It gives you that creamy, melty, gooey texture, but with nutty, sharp cheeses that don’t typically melt smoothly.” Think of the nacho cheese possibilities!

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  • Servings: 6 to 8

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  • 1 pound radiatore pasta

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon sodium citrate 
(see Note) 

  • 1 pound aged extra-sharp cheddar, preferably Tillamook, shredded 

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 cups crumbled buttery crackers, preferably Ritz

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. 
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and transfer to 
a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and sodium citrate to 
a simmer. Whisk in the cheddar, 1/2 cup at a time, until smooth. Whisk in the Worcestershire and the salt. Pour the sauce over the pasta.

  3. In a bowl, mix the crackers with the butter, Parmesan and pepper; sprinkle over the pasta. Bake the mac and cheese for 20 minutes, until bubbling and the top is browned. Let stand for 5 minutes; serve. 


Sodium citrate is available on To make this recipe in eight 1-cup ramekins, halve the crumble and bake the mac and cheese at 375 F degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published March 2017

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