Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ruth's Diner Macaroni and Cheese

It is so good you don't need a picture! (Plus I ate it up and forgot to take one)

3 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
1 cup diced onion
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3 cups milk
2 bay leaves
1 Tbs paprika
2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar
2 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack
1 cup cottage cheese

For the topping:
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup bread crumbs


Cook macaroni, drain do not rinse.
In a large saute pan, saute the onions in butter. Add the flour to make a roux and cook for one minute. Add the milk, bay leaves, paprika, salt and pepper. Brink to a simmer, stirring often. Mix the 2 cheeses together in a small bowl. Once the mixture is at a simmer, add 3 cups of cheese mixture and the cottage cheese. Stir well, remove from heat, and remove bay leaves from mixture. Add macaroni noodles to milk mixture, mix well.

Pour 1/2 of macaroni mixture into a 2 quart baking dish, cover with 1/2 of the remaining grated cheese, add remaining macaroni mixture and cover with the remaining grated cheese mixture.

In small bowl mix together the topping ingredients and top the macaroni. Place into the oven and bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.

As always, serve and enjoy!


  1. I love Ruth's Diner! But I've never had their mac and cheese. This sounds awesome.

  2. Sounds great! As for tips for a picky eater I have none unfortunately!!!!!! I just hope my son grows out of it.

  3. I've been on a Mac & Cheese crusade these days. I'm not quite sure why...Comforting, I suppose. I've never made it with cottage cheese. I hesitate. If you say it's good, (lack of picture:) I'll give it a try!!!

    Thanks for sharing Kasha. I really do enjoy dropping by...

  4. My all time favourite comfort food - this is on my list of "last meal" requests!

  5. I would have eaten it up as well. Such a comforting food:D

  6. Sounds so good... we love paprika!!

  7. adore macaroni and cheese! thanks for sharing!


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