Jason’s Mac and Cheese

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    Jason’s take on classic mac and cheese

    This past weekend Jason and I had to go back to our old apartment and clean it from top to bottom. Seriously, that apartment cleanup had been the last thing I wanted to do. I felt as if that apartment was an ex that you never wanted to see again or the ex that you just broke up with but have to keep going to see them because you gotta drop off their stuff and vice versa.

    Well, thank god we’re done with all that jazz. Keys returned and we never have to hear the elephants living above us again :)

    We also went furniture shopping on Saturday. That was fun – sort of. We saw some pieces that we were like OMGZ but then looked at the price tag and slowly walked away, and then there were some pieces we wanted to get but couldn’t see how it’d fit into our style at home since we already have some furniture in place. It’s a tough life, forrealsies.

    We had one of our adult moments too. We stood in the design showroom of Ethan Allen and debated on whether or not we should spend $2600 on a dining room set that we were (and still am) IN LOVE with and we went to see it TWICE in one day. But that didn’t last long as we killed off our expensive taste and decided to go for a mediocre dining room set.

    Although we didn’t buy anything this weekend, we’re still on the hunt! We also learned that it’s probably a good idea to measure the space your furniture is going to be put in prior to actually going to look at furniture. Ya know, just a thought ;)

    Sidenote: if you haven’t seen Snow White & the Huntsmen yet…go see it. I LOVED it!

    So now that I have given you a complete run down of my weekend, it leads me to talk about this mac and cheese. As you can see, our weekend was packed, but this mac and cheese is a dish you make when your life becomes a tornado. It takes 20 minutes to make. 20 minutes! You certainly can spare yourself 20 minutes to make this creamy mac and cheese, right? I thought so.

    Jason made this mac and cheese almost 2 months ago and sad but true, I’m now finally getting around to posting it. It wasn’t because it wasn’t blog-worthy, if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be seeing it here now and I wouldn’t have made him make this twice in one week :) It was because I just had to get other posts out first but that doesn’t make this dish any less fantastic. I love that it’s a Jason original :)

    4.67 from 3 votes

    Jason's Mac and Cheese

    My husband's mac and cheese recipe!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 2 cups macaroni/elbow pasta
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 2 tbsp flour
    • 1 1/2 cups of milk
    • 1/8 tsp cajun seasoning
    • Pinch of cayenne pepper
    • 1 3/4 cup of shredded cheese
    • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs


    • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season it with salt, and add in your pasta. When pasta is done, drain and set aside.
    • In the meantime, in a small pot on medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour until there are no large clumps. Pour in the milk and continue whisking until mixture has thickened up. Add the cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper.
    • Pour in the cheese and whisk together until all has melted and is smooth.
    • Take the cooked pasta and pour it in a small casserole dish. Take the cheese sauce mixture and pour it all over the top of the pasta. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs on top.
    • Put casserole dish in broiler on high and cook until panko has browned and cheese is a bit bubbly.
    • Serve immediately.
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  • Blog is the New Black says:

    You will love the mediocre set just as much! :)

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    This mac and cheese looks amazing!
    Also, go buy the dining room set…you seriously will wish you had :)

  • katie says:

    Ahhh being an adult is so overrated at times! lol. We’ve had a few of those moments where we realize it isn’t practical to spend $5k on a bed set when we can revamp old pieces of sold wood furniture for $500. This mac & cheese looks fab & of course those little Le Creuset pots are to die for!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Ahhhhhhh! I am in love with your crocks. **LOVE** The mac and cheese is prety killer too. And I can’t wait to get a night out to go see that movie. :)

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Booooo adult moments. But yay for this mac ‘n’ cheese! I’ve been nudging Charlie to do a guest post on my blog sometime soon, heehee. ;)

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    a) I love that Jason has a signature mac n’ cheese.
    2) I hate being an adult and having to deal with those crazy “pull the trigger” moments – especially when it comes to home stuff like buying a new dining set.
    iii) I love those mini croquettes. Le Creuset be still my heart!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Love it. Simple, easy, cheesy mac n cheese. Sometimes that’s exactly what you’re craving :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    love the mini-le-creusets – too cute!

  • sally @ sally's baking addiction says:

    Ugh, sometimes I wish I was just made of money and could afford beautiful pieces of overpriced furniture! Life is hard. :(

    Going back to an old place that you’ve just moved out of the do nothing but CLEAN is probably my least favorite thing about moving which says a lot because moving is SUCH a headache, as I’m sure you have had your fill of it!!

    Jason is a keeper. This mac n cheese looks like HEAVEN! 20 minutes to cheesy glory.. sign me up. :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    We will me moving out of our townhouse and into our house in about a month. We will be doing all of this, and I am not looking forward to it!

    The mac n’ cheese on the other hand would make it a little more comforting!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Hey… cute lil LC’s there ;) I keep forgetting to use mine in posts. And I completely need a new mac n cheese in my life because there are never too many varieties! PS if you have any blue painters tape, use that to tape off the size of furniture you’re considering so you can get a good idea of how it’ll fit in a room!

    • Julie says:

      That is SUCH a good idea. Wow, you’re just full of brilliant ideas for me! :) Thank you! Haha, I love those LC’s ;) I keep forgetting about them though to use as props but I finally found the perfect dish to use them for!

  • Stephanie says:

    Love that these are individual servings. =)

    Also, yes, there is a sofa that I want from Ethan Allen that is super expensive! >_<

  • Cassie (bake your day) says:

    Jason is a genius adding Cajun seasoning to this. It sounds amazing. And I know about life being like a tornado, it just doesn’t seem to slow down at all. Mac & cheese will always help me cope! :)

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    Dude, so glad you’re all moved in. And I can’t wait for Jason to make this for me! Oh.

  • Kathryn says:

    LOVE this cajun spices, what a great idea. Your man is one to be very proud of ;)

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    I love that your fiance has a signature mac & cheese recipe! He’s totally a keeper – I love my bf, but his only “signature” recipe is scrambled eggs and cheese ;P

    Also, those mini Le Crusets are sooo CUTE! I can’t get over them!

  • Lauren | Sweet Splendor says:

    This looks sooooo good. I’m craving mac and cheese now! I love the pots!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Great Jason original recipe! And this mini cocottes are so freakishly adorable!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    I love that you cleaned your old place. I always do that and people think its so strange, you would be amazed at how many people just leave it dirty! And this mac n cheese looks amazing.

    • Julie says:

      If we didn’t clean the old place, we would’ve gotten charged for leaving it dirty and we wouldn’t have gotten our security deposits returned, haha…I guess that’s one way of them guaranteeing a clean move-out ;)

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    I could live on mac and cheese and this looks like an amazing version. Can he give my husband lessons? ;)

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    I could live on mac and cheese and this looks like an amazing version. Can he give my husband lessons?

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:


  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    I envy your shopping for new furniture… especially a new dinning room set! I’ve been on the hunt for the “perfect” set for almost a year and have yet to buy anything. I think I need to wait till the kids are a tad older since they just destroy everything I own! As for Jason’s Mac n’ Cheese seriously YUM, and super cute in the mini crocks.

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Oh man! I know exactly what you mean about having elephants living above you! I think we live in the oldest apartment complex in the history of man, so the walls are so thin, and we hear everything! Its awful. Not to mention we have college students (aka elephants ;) ) above us! Also, I am IN LOVE with those ramekins! Such perfect colors! I want them! Oh yes, and that Mac n Cheese looks bomb! :)

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I can definitely do macaroni in 20 minutes! I love house and furniture shopping…it’s the total dork in me. Cleaning apartments though I could definitely do without. Glad that stage of life is behind you!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    YUM, nice work Jason!! Furniture shopping kinda made me sad because of all the beautiful furniture I just couldn’t buy, but once you decide and have it home and it’s all you see it’s not so bad anymore :)

  • Tracey says:

    I adore the little Le Creuset minis you used for this mac and cheese, they’re so cute!! Mac and cheese is one of the meals my husband can make too and I definitely love it even more when he does the work :)

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    cleaning out our old flat was a nightmare! hope the rest of the move went well

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking says:

    Sooooo jealous of your house situation! I can not wait to get rid of noisy neighbors forever! I love these little Le Cruest dishes, so cute! Howver the mac and cheese definitley upstages the dishes!

  • Stephanie @ Life Tastes Like Food says:

    Mac and cheese is an all time fave of mine! I will definitely have to try this out. Oh, and have you ever seen Once Upon a Time (TV show)??? I am obsessed! To the point where I bought a subscription to Hulu Plus so I could finish the season. If you liked Snow White you might like that show as well!

  • Casey says:

    Just made this recipe, and it was outstanding! I made a few adjustments. 1) added 3 cloves of garlic. 2) used mozzarella instead of cheddar. 3) used half milk & half almond milk. I think I could have used more than the 2 cups of pasta, as there was so much sauce. Either way, it was still delicious! Thanks!

  • jane says:

    julie, did you use salt in this recipe? i just made this… it was really good but i thought needed salt.

    • Julie says:

      Yes, I added salt to the pasta water (as stated in the instructions) so that seasoned my pasta. You could always add more salt, to taste, within the sauce if you feel like you need more.

  • Roxanne says:

    Nice basic recipe. Thanks. No hassle. Love it!

  • Jason says:

    I have done the roux part before and Jason is my name. Never thought about putting Cajun and Cayenne to it and pouring the sauce over the pasta. Also, never baked it. I have always just add the pasta direct to the sauce after straining, so the pasta can get evenly coated by stirring. Might have to give this recipe a try.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Hope you enjoy when you try it!

  • Rick says:

    Love the blog! Looking forward to making the Mac and cheese.

  • Denise Galvan says:

    A while back you had a recipe for chicken fingers and the most delicious Mac and cheese in a ramekin. Is it archived somewhere? I lost the paper recipe and have been craving it for a bit!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      If you use the recipe index or search bar on the site, you should be able to find it! Search for ‘chicken fingers’ or ‘mac and cheese’

  • Caren says:

    Amazing recipe! I was looking for something different for a Thanksgiving side that all of my kids will eat. This was perfect! One of my kids said it’s better than Cheesecake Factory mac and cheese. And I got to use my mini cocottes for the first time!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Wonderful to hear!!

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