Luxe Whiskey Cheddar Mac and Cheese

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brown butter, baby, dinner, lunch, vegetarian

Whiskey-flavoured cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and roasted garlic – if you’re used to the kind of mac in cheese that lives in a box, then let’s just call this one the boutique hotel version.


Serves 4


  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter (brown butter, if you have it)
  • 4 tablespoons white flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups whiskey-flavoured old cheddar, grated (If you don’t have this any extra-old cheddar would work here)
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic, minced
  • 2 cups cooked macaroni pasta, (about 250 grams uncooked pasta)
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons panko crums


  1. First, caramelize the onion:
    • In a large frying pan, add the olive oil and heat and then add the large onion.
    • Cook over medium heat until the onion is brown and gooey.
    • Set aside.
  2. Get your pasta boiling. You want it cooked but al dente because it will continue to cook a bit. When it’s finished, drain and set it aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, add the butter and heat. Stir in the flour and cook and stir for a few minutes until thickened.
  4. Add about 1/4 cup of the milk and stir until thickened.
  5. Add in about 1 cup of the cheese, stir in.
  6. Add the remaining milk and cheese in a few batches, stirring to smoothen the sauce.
  7. When the sauce is ready, incorporate the caramelized onions, roasted garlic, and then stir in the pasta.
  8. Pour the mac and cheese into a baking dish. I used an 8 by 5 loaf pan.
  9. Sprinkle the panko crumbs over the top, and then the parmesan.
  10. Bake at 350 for about 20 to 30 minutes until the top is slightly browned.
  11. Enjoy!


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