Shawn Cirkiel's Everybody-in-the-Kitchen Macaroni


Courtesy of Chef Shawn Cirkiel, Parkside

Super easy

Shawn Cirkiel's Everybody-in-the-Kitchen Macaroni


For 12 Person(s)


  • 8 cups béchamel (see below)
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 cups grated Gruyère
  • 3 cups grated white Cheddar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan
  • Béchamel:
  • 1 1/2 ounces butter
  • 1 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Shawn Cirkiel's Everybody-in-the-Kitchen Macaroni Directions

  1. To make the béchamel, melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the flour, turn the heat to low and stir for approximately 3 to 4 minutes with a spoon until the flour no longer smells raw. Slowly drizzle in the cream while whisking, and cook on low heat, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes until a simmer has been reached. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bring béchamel up to a simmer in a large pot with the thyme. Add in the grated Gruyère and white Cheddar. Season with salt and pepper, and add cooked macaroni.
  3. Once everything is mixed and warm, place into a baking dish. Top with bread crumbs and Parmesan, and bake in a 400° oven until hot in the middle, sides are bubbling and topping is golden brown.

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