Recipes: Good Dog Bar’s Executive Chef Jessica O’Donnell’s Mac & Cheese

Good Dog Bar‘s Executive Chef Jessica O’Donnell: One of my favorite foods is, and has always been, mac & cheese. And I find that’s common for many people. Maybe it’s the kid in all of us. The mac & cheese we make here is one of the dishes that got me this job in the first place. It was one of the dishes that I made for owner Heather Gleason when I was interviewing. I consider mac & cheese to be one of our specialties, and now it can be one of your specialties at home, too. Enjoy Good Dog Bar’s Mac & Cheese!  

Good Dog Bar’s Chef O’Donnell’s Mac & Cheese

Servings:  12 servings


  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 pound White Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 Gruyere cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 7 ounces cornflakes
  • 4 ounces butter oil mix
  1. In a pot, sweat the onion in the butter. Add the flour, and cook, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.
  2. Slowly whisk in the milk, salt, white pepper and nutmeg. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in all three cheeses, and stir until all the cheese is melted. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, bring salted water to a boil, and add the macaroni.
  5. Cook the macaroni until very al dente. Strain and mix with the sauce. Adjust seasoning. Portion into dishes using a 12 ounce ladle.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix the cornflakes and butter oil mix together.
  7. Put 1/2 cup of this mix on top of each of the dishes. Serve with some cornbread (preferably, blueberry cornbread). Enjoy!
Good Dog Bar's famous Mac & Cheese by executive chef Jessica O'Donnell (photo by Lee Porter)
Good Dog Bar’s famous Mac & Cheese by executive chef Jessica O’Donnell (photo by Lee Porter)

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