lightning bolt’s smokehouse mac & cheese

This is the (very lightly adapted) legendary mac & cheese recipe from Lightning Bolt’s Smokehouse on the main Facebook campus in Menlo Park!


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 oz butter
  • ¼ cup AP flour
  • 2 cups milk, brought to room temperature
  • 1 lb American cheese slices
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder


  1. Cook the elbow macaroni in salted water according to package directions.
  2. Heat butter in a heavy bottom sauce pan until melted. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes, until starting to smell a bit nutty. Add the milk about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking after each addition, and stir until the mixture is thickened. Mix in the garlic and mustard powders.
  3. Add the American cheese in handfuls, whisking after each addition.
  4. Mix in the pasta and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately, or transfer to a greased baking dish and broil for a few minutes until the top is golden brown.

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