John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

When musician John Legend visited Martha, he shared this recipe for his favorite Southern comfort food.. I've been making this mac & cheese for several years now and the only complaint I've heard is "Why didn't you make more?" It is definitely a favorite with my family and friends!

John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese

  •     2 (8-ounce) packages extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  •     1 (8-ounce) package Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  •     4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  •     3 cups elbow macaroni
  •     2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk
  •     1/3 cup skim milk
  •     2 large eggs
  •     1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  •     1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  •     Paprika, for sprinkling
  •     Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain, and return to pot. Add butter, and toss until pasta is coated and butter has melted; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, skim milk, and eggs. Add seasoned salt, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; set aside. In another medium bowl, combine cheeses; set aside.

lace 1/3 macaroni in an even layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish; cover evenly with 1/3 cheese. Repeat with remaining macaroni and cheese mixture. Pour milk mixture evenly over contents of baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake until top layer is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.