Helen’s Macaroni and Cheese

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


This version of macaroni and cheese, from the South Side restaurant Helen's, is made richer by the addition of evaporated milk.


  • 17 Tbsp. butter (melting 16 tbsp.)
  • 1 12 lb. dried elbow macaroni
  • 7 cups lightly packed shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups canned evaporated milk
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper


Step 1

Heat oven to 400°. Grease a rectangular 4-quart casserole dish with 1 tbsp. of the butter and set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until soft, 8–10 minutes. Drain and rinse macaroni under cold water.

Step 2

Transfer rinsed macaroni to a large bowl. Add 5 1⁄2 cups of the cheese, evaporated milk, 16 tbsp. of melted butter, sugar, and salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste. Stir the macaroni mixture well; transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish and spread out evenly with a spatula.

Step 3

Top with remaining 1 1⁄2 cups cheese; bake until hot throughout and light golden brown on top, about 20 minutes. Set aside to let rest for 10 minutes, then serve.

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