The past week or so I was seeing John Legend’s Mac & Cheese recipe from a Martha Stewart show all over the internet. I read several of the reviews, because I always want to know what people like and don’t like, and the number one complaint was that it seemed curdled. The recipe seemed super simple and I think I knew what was causing the problem so I set out to see if I could fix the curdling as it baked.
My family thought the macaroni and cheese was good. It is a Southern style mac & cheese with a custard like base. When I was reading the recipes they were baked at 375 degrees AND the eggs were mixed in with the milk and layered with the macaroni and cheese in a pan to bake. When you make a custard dish it should be baked between 325 degrees and 350 degrees. Also, mixing in the eggs with the milk and then pouring over the pasta could have made the eggs curdle if the pasta is hot. You are basically scrambling the eggs before you bake it.
I would definitely add the season salt or extra salt and pepper to this to increase the flavor. Also, make sure you are using EXTRA-sharp cheddar for the flavor.
Southern Style Mac & Cheese with a smooth creamy texture! Ingredients: Directions:
John Legend's Mac & Cheese (with changes)
Southern Style Mac & Cheese with a smooth creamy texture!