Indulge in Creamy Mac and Cheese with a Wine Twist

Dear fellow food enthusiasts,

Today, I want to share with you an incredible recipe that will transcend your taste buds to a realm of pure bliss. I am talking about none other than a classic Macaroni and Cheese recipe, infused with the subtle flavors of dry white wine.

Macaroni and cheese has been a classic comfort food for generations, but this recipe takes it up a notch by adding the delicious flavor of dry white wine. It’s hard to resist the creamy texture of macaroni and cheese, and when paired with an elegant, light unoaked chardonnay or your favorite white wine, it becomes something truly irresistible.

This recipe is perfect for dinner parties or date nights, and it’s sure to impress your guests. The aroma of melted cheese blended with the essence of dry white wine will have everyone craving seconds. Trust me; it’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

Don’t worry; this is not complicated to make. In fact, our easy-to-follow instructions will guide even amateur cooks into creating an ultimate mac and cheese dish. The ingredients are simple yet flavorful, making them accessible for even a college student on a budget.

So if you’re ready to take your mac and cheese game to the next level and enjoy delectable bites with every mouthful, be sure to read on for this delightful recipe on our gourmet version of Macaroni and Cheese With Wine Recipe.


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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Macaroni and Cheese With Wine
Macaroni and Cheese With Wine

There are few things in life that can bring people together like a good bowl of macaroni and cheese. And if you’re searching for the ultimate macaroni and cheese recipe to impress your guests, then look no further. This recipe is bound to amaze both your taste buds and your dinner guests.

One of the reasons why this mac n’ cheese recipe is truly exceptional is because of the sharp cheddar cheese used in it. With a nutty flavor profile that pairs perfectly with any dry white wine, the sharp cheddar cheese will elevate your baked macaroni game to a whole new level of cheesy goodness.

But it’s not just the sharp cheddar cheese that makes this recipe remarkable – it’s also the light unoaked chardonnay used in cooking. The white wine and thyme-infused sauce adds richness and complexity to the dish, creating a simple but creamy macaroni and cheese that is guaranteed to have everyone coming back for more.

Whether you are hosting an elegant dinner party or looking for a comforting meal to curl up on the couch with, this cheese wine dish is sure to please. Trust me, it’s like Gordon Ramsay himself came up with this impressive macaroni and cheese recipe!

So if you love good food as much as I do, then you simply must give this mac n’ cheese recipe a try. And don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of white wine – after all, what goes better with creamy, cheesy pasta than a light unoaked chardonnay?

Ingredient List

“A match made in heaven: macaroni and cheese with a glass of white wine.”

Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients

  • Elbow macaroni: This recipe uses 1 lb. of elbow macaroni, but you can use any shape you like.

  • Sharp cheddar cheese: You will need 4 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese for the recipe.

  • Dry white wine: This recipe uses 1/2 cup of dry white wine to add a rich depth of flavor to the cheese sauce. A light, unoaked chardonnay works well for this recipe.

  • Milk: You will need 3 cups of milk to make the cheese sauce.

  • All-purpose flour: The flour helps the cheese sauce thicken. This recipe calls for ½ cup of all-purpose flour.

  • Butter/Margarine: You will need 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine for this recipe.

  • Onion: One medium-size onion is diced and added to the roux.

  • Paprika, Salt, and Pepper: Paprika gives the dish a smoky flavor, while salt and pepper enhance the taste.

Optional add-ins

  • Gruyère cheese: You can add a cup of grated Gruyère cheese along with cheddar cheese to add another layer of flavor.

  • Thyme: Thyme adds freshness and some earthy tones to the dish.

Substitution Options:

This macaroni and cheese recipe is very forgiving – here are some substitution options that would work:

  • Wine: If you prefer not to use wine, you can substitute it with a mixture of chicken broth and lemon juice or white wine vinegar.
  • Cheese: You can replace some or all of the cheddar with other cheeses like Gouda, Monterey Jack or Swiss.
  • Flour: Gluten-free flour works well in this recipe.
  • Paprika: If you don’t have paprika, you can substitute with smoked paprika or omit entirely.

Macaroni and Cheese Toppings:
– Breadcrumbs
– Crispy bacon bits
– Chopped parsley

The Recipe How-To

“Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with a twist of sophistication.”

Step 1: Boil the Macaroni

In a large pot, bring 6 cups of salted water to a rolling boil. Add in 2 cups of elbow macaroni and cook it for about 8-10 minutes until it is tender but firm to the bite. Drain the macaroni and set it aside.

Step 2: Make the Cheese Sauce

In another medium-sized saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add in 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour and whisk it continuously for about 1-2 minutes until bubbly and golden in color.

Gradually pour in 2 cups of milk and whisk continuously to avoid lumps. Add salt and pepper according to your taste preference. Pour in 1/2 cup dry white wine and stir well. You can use light unoaked chardonnay for a simple creamy macaroni cheese or red wine / Pinot Noir if you like your mac & cheese with a bold flavor.

Add in 1 tsp paprika and a sprig of thyme (optional). Cook the mixture over low heat for about 3-4 minutes until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.

Step 3: Combine Macaroni and Cheese Sauce

Add the cheese into the saucepan with the prepared cheese sauce; 1/2 cup finely grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese + 1/2 cup finely grated Gruyère White Wine Cheese. Stir well until all the cheese is melted and smooth.

Step 4: Baking Alternatives

To bake this ultimate macaroni cheese recipe, preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer the mac & cheese mixture into a baking dish, sprinkle a tablespoon of butter over it, and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until bubbles form around the edge of the dish.

If you prefer baked macaroni cheese, try adding it to a baked pasta dish like Marie Callender’s Mac and Cheese. You can also add breadcrumbs, crispy bacon bits, or sautéed onion for a unique twist.

Step 5: Garnish and Serve

Once done, take the dish out of the oven, and let it cool down for about 5 minutes. For a sophisticated touch or a cheese posh, sprinkle some extra Gruyère cheese over it with some corkscrew-shaped pasta on top.

Savor this deliciously cheesy macaroni cheese recipe with your favorite wine after exploring the best macaroni and cheese recipes from Gordon Ramsay or Food & Wine Best Mac and Cheese Recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

“Get ready for the perfect combination of cheesy goodness and bold flavors.”

As a sommelier and lover of food, I can attest that recipes always have room for personalization, and this macaroni and cheese recipe is no exception. Whether you’re trying to make tweaks to fit your dietary needs or cravings, there are various substitutions and variations you can incorporate into this recipe for added flavor and fun!

First off, if sharp cheddar cheese isn’t your cup of tea, you can swap it out with parmesan or gruyere cheese. These two types also melt beautifully and have a slightly nuttier flavor that would complement the paprika and pepper in the recipe. If you’re looking for something more posh, a combination of white cheddar cheese and Gruyere cheese grated would give an elegant touch to the dish.

Next up are the liquids used in this dish. Dry white wine adds complexity to the creamy sauce while milk provides richness, but if you want an alcohol-free version, substitute chicken broth or vegetable broth for wine. If you’re feeling adventurous, try different kinds of white wines such as unoaked Chardonnay or light Sauvignon Blanc – both offer a little something extra for your taste buds.

Don’t forget to switch up the type of pasta, too! Instead of elbow macaroni—try using rotini/ fusilli-shaped pasta or even corkscrew-shaped pasta; these shapes hold onto sauce better than traditional macaroni!

For color added from vegetables, sauté small pieces of carrot before adding them in with the onion mixture. You might also decide to go all out by baking the macaroni and cheese after topping it off with breadcrumbs or crushed crackers—a la Marie Callender’s baked macaroni recipe.

Lastly, when it comes to serving this dish, I suggest pairing it with either white or red wine depending on your preference! For those who like drinking reds paired with cheesy dishes – a full-bodied Pinot Noir would complement the rich flavors of macaroni and cheese perfectly. Meanwhile, for those who are fond of white wine pairings, a glass of unoaked Chardonnay will cut through the dish’s richness and bring out its simple creamy goodness.

In summary, this macaroni and cheese recipe is versatile, and you can switch things up by using Gruyere cheese, swapping the wine with different types of white wines or chicken broth/vegetable broth, switch the pasta shape used or even bake it after topping with breadcrumbs. Do not hesitate to experiment

Serving and Pairing

“Put your culinary skills to the test by adding your choice of white or red wine.”

Once the macaroni and cheese is hot and bubbling, it’s time to serve up this scrumptious creation! I like to serve it steaming hot with a dash of paprika and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper. It’s all about that presentation, so you might want to consider serving this dish in individual ramekins for an extra touch of elegance.

As for the perfect pairing, you simply can’t go wrong with a dry white wine. Look for a light unoaked chardonnay, like the ones you can find at the Epcot Wine Festival at Disney World. Alternatively, for a red wine pairing, I recommend a smooth and fruity Pinot Noir.

But if you’re like me and enjoy your macaroni and cheese with a glass of milk or even just water, that’s perfectly fine too! This dish is versatile enough to be enjoyed with just about any beverage.

So sit down, relax, and savor every last bite of this ultimate macaroni and cheese recipe. Whether you’re whipping up a batch for yourself or sharing it with friends, this recipe is sure to please even the most discerning palates. Bon appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Bring your favorite wine to the table and enjoy the ultimate culinary experience.”

One of the best things about Macaroni and Cheese with Wine is that it’s perfect for making ahead of time. That means you can prepare it a day or two before you serve it, and then reheat it when you’re ready to eat. This is especially handy if you have guests over and don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen.

To make this dish ahead of time, simply prepare it as normal and let it cool before storing. You can store individual portions in small containers or one big container for a family-style serving. This will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before reheating.

To reheat your macaroni and cheese, simply pop it back in the oven or microwave until hot and bubbly. Make sure to cover with foil or lid to keep it from drying out during reheating. If you’re reheating from the refrigerator, you may need to add a little extra liquid like milk to keep the sauce from being too dry.

When storing mac and cheese, make sure it’s cooled completely before transferring it to an airtight container. This helps prevent spoilage and keeps it fresh longer. Always store leftovers in the refrigerator and eat within three days.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for a comforting meal after a long day, Macaroni and Cheese with Wine is an excellent choice. It’s delicious, easy to make, and can be stored in the fridge for days without losing its texture or flavor. So give this recipe a try, plan ahead, and enjoy a warm and creamy macaroni and cheese anytime you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Looking to elevate your mac and cheese game? Add a splash of wine!”

To achieve the ultimate mac and cheese experience, here are some tips that can help you perfect this dish. First, use sharp cheddar cheese instead of mild or medium cheddar to give your mac and cheese more flavor. You can also add white wine to your recipe to enhance the taste of your dish.

When cooking the macaroni, make sure to cook it al dente so that it doesn’t get too mushy after baking. Rinse the pasta in cold water after boiling to stop it from cooking further and sticking together.

For a creamier and thicker sauce, use all-purpose flour mixed with butter or margarine as your thickener. Use 1 tablespoon of flour for every 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine, and whisk it over low-medium heat until it turns light brown in color.

When adding milk to your sauce, make sure to add it slowly while continuously whisking to prevent lumps from forming. Add only enough milk to make your sauce creamy, around 2 cups should be enough.

To elevate your dish, use white wine thyme as an alternative ingredient when preparing your sauce instead of regular white wine. This will give your recipe a unique taste that will leave your taste buds craving more.

Lastly, bake your mac and cheese at 350°F for about 20-30 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the top layer to be. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving so that the ingredients can settle in nicely.

By following these tips, you are guaranteed to make the best macaroni and cheese any Gordon Ramsay or Disney World food critic would approve of.


Before we wrap up, let’s address some common questions and concerns regarding this macaroni and cheese with wine recipe. It’s normal to have some doubts before trying out a new dish; that’s why I’m here to help you clarify any uncertainties. Let me walk you through some of the most frequently asked questions about this recipe.

What wine is best for macaroni cheese?

Pinot Noir, a red wine with lower tannin levels and a fruity taste, pairs wonderfully with rich and meaty mac and cheese dishes. The fruity notes in Pinot Noir complement the cheese, much like Grenache.

What kind of alcohol do you put in mac and cheese?

When it comes to pairing wine with macaroni and cheese, I suggest a light, unoaked chardonnay for a simple version. However, if you’re indulging in a more luxurious mac and cheese with lobster or crab, a posh white burgundy would be ideal. Another option is a smooth and dry Chenin Blanc. While it may seem counter-intuitive, pairing an apple’s refreshing crunch with cheese is similar to how these wines complement the dish.

What to add to macaroni and cheese to make it taste better?

As a sommelier, I thoroughly enjoy being creative with the pairing of wines and food. And, I have come across some really interesting “hacks” for unusual pairings. These include the lip-smacking combo of bacon and chipotle, the savory mix of sausage and baby spinach and the slightly spicy combination of sriracha, ginger, green onions, and panko. Another great combination is the hearty combination of green chilies and chicken along with the classic duo of canned beans and zesty salsa. I also suggest trying the fiery blend of chicken, buffalo sauce, and crispy panko. These unconventional pairings will make your taste buds dance and tantalize your senses, making your meal and your wine pairing more enjoyable.

How does Gordon Ramsay make the best mac and cheese?

A quick recipe for mac and cheese by Gordon Ramsay involves boiling pasta in milk and then adding in butter, cheese, salt, and pepper. All the ingredients come together to create a delicious and easy-to-make dish.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the cheesy and creamy macaroni and cheese recipe with white wine is a perfect comfort food for any occasion. The addition of dry white wine enhances the flavor of the cheese and adds an irresistible, delicate aroma. The recipe is customizable, allowing you to add your own twist and fulfill your cravings.

With excellent variations to satisfy everyone’s taste buds, a pairing with light unoaked chardonnay or red pinot noir for that posh touch, this dish can be a fanciful treat or a simple weeknight favorite.

So why not take inspiration from Gordon Ramsay’s mac and cheese recipes and prepare this ultimate baked macaroni and cheese sauce flavored with paprika! Or keep it simple yet classy with a corkscrew shaped pasta mixed with sharp cheddar cheese and white wine thyme.

Whether you are attending the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Disney World, or merely enjoying a homemade meal, remember that adding wine to your food not only assists in cooking but also gives an elevated flavor profile.

So go ahead, grab a bottle of your favorite dry white wine or Pinot Noir, start cooking, and indulge in the most delicious bowl of cheesy goodness ever!

Macaroni and Cheese With Wine

Macaroni and Cheese With Wine Recipe

This is one of my favorite ways to make mac&cheese! It's really easy to make, and I've never had any problems with this recipe. If you want a creamier version, stir in some sour cream or plain yogurt after it is done cooking. From Southern Living, March 1986.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 332.3 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • paprika


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt.
  • Drain and set aside. *NOTE: Do NOT be tempted to skip this step! Trust me, I've done it so I should know!
  • Saute onion in butter in a heavy saucepan.
  • Add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Gradually add milk and wine.
  • cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat; add salt, pepper, and Cheddar cheese.
  • Stir until cheese melts.
  • Add macaroni; mix well.
  • Pour into a lightly greased 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake at 350F for 15 minutes; uncover and continue baking another 15 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 153gCalories: 332.3kcalCarbohydrates: 27.1gProtein: 13.3gFat: 18.2gSaturated Fat: 11.3gCholesterol: 54.9mgSodium: 447.1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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