Super Bowl Macaroni & Cheese Recipes from Seattle’s Top Restaurants!

Kingfish Cafe's Macaroni & Cheese
Recipe Type: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mac & Cheese, Super Bowl Food
Author: Kingfish Cafe
Serves: 4
Kingfish Cafe's Macaroni & Cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow pasta
  • 1/2 gallon boiling water
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored liquid oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 12 1/2 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 10 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook elbow pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Strain and put in a large bowl with a dash of olive oil. Toss and set aside.
  2. Saute onions and pepper in butter oil until translucent. Add salt and pepper. Add to macaroni. Mix in cream of mushroom soup. In another bowl, mix eggs, milk and cream. Add to macaroni. Add half of cheese to macaroni mix. Mix well.
  3. Grease a deep casserole dish and pour mixture in. Top with remaining cheese and cover with lightly oiled foil. Back for 1 hour. Macaroni is done when center is set and top is lightly brown. Remove foil to cool. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

  Heartland Cafe's Mac N Cheese

Heartland Cafe's Mac N Cheese

Heartland Cafe is located in West Seattle but their heart is in the Midwest. Owner Jay Wergin is from Wisconsin, and he proudly used his Midwestern heritage as motivation when he partnered with fellow owner Jeff Loren to open the Heartland Cafe. Similar to Cap Hill natives coveting Kingfish Cafe as their own, you'll find that West Seattle folks can be just as cagey when asked about their favorite local mac and cheese. If you're lucky (and they like you), they might tell you about their personal favorite mac and cheese at the Heartland Cafe.  I didn't have to actually beat it out of anyone, but it was close!

The mission of the Heartland Cafe is to "provide a friendly, neighborhood café serving Midwestern comfort food like mom used to make." They definitely exceed there! Their Mac N Cheese features Tillamook cheese and Seattle's Bavarian Meats beer bratwurst (it's boiled in Manny's Pale Ale). It is scratch-made and you can taste the love in every bite. They're hoping to offer their fresh sausages in grocery stores in the future, but I am secretly hoping they offer their Mac N Cheese as well. In the meantime, you can make a very similar version at home! I say similar because their recipe is more of an outline than a complete recipe. But if you enjoy cooking at all, you should be able to work with it.

Heartland Cafe's Mac N Cheese
Recipe Type: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mac & Cheese, Super Bowl Food
Author: Heartland Cafe
Heartland Cafe's Mac N Cheese
  • elbow macaroni noodles
  • heavy cream
  • Tillamook Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • blue cheese, crumbled
  • Asiago cheese, shredded
  • American cheese
  • Seasonings to taste
  • Seattle's Bavarian Meats beer bratwurst
  1. We start with elbow macaroni noodles, then add heavy cream, Tillamook Cheddar, blue and Asiago cheeses with a touch of American cheese melted on top. It is prepared to order on the stove top and seasoned with a blend of house seasonings.
  2. We top it off with Seattle's Bavarian Meats' beer bratwurst, which has been boiled in a Manny's Pale Ale with water and onions.

  5 Spot's Macaroni & Cheese

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The 5 Spot is a Seattle icon and phenomenon. Home of the "American Food Festival Series", their menu offers big flavored food and kitsch from all points of the continental U.S. While a portion of the menu changes, some items have a permanent spot. Among those is the 5 Spot's macaroni and cheese.

General Manager Holly Olson was able to offer me a recipe similar to the Heartland Cafe's: it is an outline, so home cooks must be a little creative in their preparation. But, I think it is worth trying - it is indeed delicious! One of the highlights of this particular mac and cheese is the Macrina breadcrumb topping. It takes this recipe from great to GREAT, and makes it one of the top mac and cheeses in the Pacific Northwest.

5 Spot's Macaroni & Cheese
Recipe Type: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mac & Cheese, Super Bowl Food
Author: 5 Spot
Serves: 1
5 Spot's Macaroni & Cheese
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 ounce Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 ounce Parmesan Belgiosio cheese, shredded
  • 6 ounces cooked macaroni
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 slice Macrina Giuseppe bread, crumbed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  1. We add cream to a saute pan and then add the Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Stir until melted, then season with salt and pepper. Toss in macaroni and stir to combine. Transfer into buttered casserole dish.
  2. Mix the Macrina breadcrumbs with melted butter. Sprinkle over the mac and cheese and broil in an oven for a couple of minutes until the top is browned. Keep an eye on the dish in the oven as it can burn quickly.

So there you have it - six delectable mac and cheese recipes to choose from. Which will you make to honor the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl? If you're an overachiever like me, you just may want to make them all and have the most epic taste test ever. Super Bowl Macaroni & Cheese Recipes from Seattle's Top Restaurants!

And if any of the Seahawks want to come by, I'll whip up a batch of one of these recipes for you myself.


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