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New Orleans Baked Mac and Cheese

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New Orleans Baked Mac & Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe is a little different from what you are used to eating. In New Orleans, we make our mac and cheese with spaghetti. Yes, you read that right, lol. We also call it baked spaghetti. Regardless, what you call it, it’s a great mac and cheese/ baked spaghetti recipe.
New Orleans Mac n Cheese

New Orleans Baked Mac & Cheese Cooking Tips:

Make sure to add your half and half in thirds. This will allow you to cook the flour taste out of your roux.

You can use a variety of cheese in this mac and cheese recipe. I’ve used from one cheese to five. Let your heart be merry.

Add a sprig of chopped rosemary to the sauce to give it a different flavor.

You may need to rotate your pan of baked spaghetti, half through baking to get even browning.

Can you make ahead?

Freezer: Baked Macaroni and Cheese: Keep in the freezer for 3 months max. Thaw 48 hours before using.

Fridge: Baked Macaroni and Cheese: Cheese sauce can be made one day in advance.

Reheating: Baked Macaroni and Cheese: Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10-15 minutes. 

New Orleans Mac n Cheese

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Common One to One Substitutions:

Spaghetti = Macaroni

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New Orleans Mac n Cheese

New Orleans Baked Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe is a little different from what you are used to eating. In New Orleans, we make our mac and cheese with spaghetti. Yes, you read that right, lol. We also call it baked spaghetti. Regardless, what you call it, it’s a great mac and cheese/ baked spaghetti recipe.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Creole, New Orleans, Southern
Keyword: mac and cheese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 persons
Calories:
Author: Kenneth

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 quart half and half
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar
  • 4 cups mozzarella

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook pasta in boiling water for 6 minutes.
  • In a pot over medium heat melt butter, then add flour and whisk together for 30 seconds. Add salt, pepper, cayenne and garlic.
  • Whisk in half and half in thirds, then add cream. Bring to a boil once boiling add 2 cups cheddar and 1 cup mozzarella. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until cheese has melted.
  • Add the spaghetti into a 9 x 13 casserole dish, add 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 cup of cheddar. Pour cheese sauce over, stir to combine, sprinkle the remaining cheese over top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese has browned evenly.

If you make this recipe, make sure to take a picture and share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag me @kennethtemple so we all can see that deliciousness!

6 thoughts on “New Orleans Baked Mac and Cheese”

  1. This popped up in my Pinterest feed and I read some of the critical comments regarding the pasta used. I just Ed wanted to pop in here to say I’m here for this and I cannot wait to make it!

  2. 5 stars
    Thought this would be weird at first due to being used to the more tradition style mac n cheese, but wanted to try it as it sounds interesting. I was not disappointed, it was incredible. The spaghetti noodles really allow you to get all the cheese sauce and the taste and flavour is incredible. Definitely something people should try and will be something I make regularly from now on 🙂

  3. Hello Kenneth!
    I saw in the Tasty Youtube video, you also used Pepper Jack cheese, isn’t mentioned in this recipe version how much you used. Also the cooking times aren’t the same either. Here it’s 15-20 mins, but in the video 30 mins. Please clarefy these differens.
    Looks like a really great Mac &Cheese.
    Have a nice day.
    Hannah

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