GMA: The Portlandia Cookbook Babysitter’s Mac and Cheese Recipe


Good Morning America: Portlandia

From the IFC series Portlandia, stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein visited Good Morning America to share some food ideas from The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local. Their menu for GMA included Mac and Cheese, plus Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Y2K Apple Pie.

“It’s such a big part of everyday culture naturally,” Fred Armisen said of food. “But also in Portland, it really defines who you are.” George Stephanopoulos called Portland a huge foodie city.


A new season of Portlandia begins on IFC in January 2015.

Good Morning America: Portlandia Cookbook Babysitter’s Mac and Cheese Recipe Ingredients

GMA: The Portlandia Cookbook Babysitter's Mac and Cheese Recipe

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein visited GMA with some recipes from their sketch comedy-inspired Portlandia Cookbook, like Babysitter’s Mac and Cheese. (Joshua Resnick /

This comfort food is based on the “Adult Babysitter” sketch. Macaroni and cheese has become popular at restaurants in recent years.

  • 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 1/2 cups Half & Half (or use Milk)
  • 1/2 lb Colby Jack Cheese (in 1/2” pieces)
  • pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1 lb Sharp Cheddar (in 1/2” pieces)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 lb Elbow Macaroni
  • Salt & Pepper

Portlandia Cookbook: Good Morning America Babysitter’s Mac and Cheese Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven at 350 F and prepare a 2 quart baking dish.
  2. Melt butter on medium heat. When it’s done foaming, add in flour and stir for two minutes.
  3. Whisk in Half & Half for three minutes, until thick. Add nutmeg with salt and pepper.
  4. Add half the cheddar and half the Colby Jack. Cook on low, stirring to melt cheese.
  5. Separately, cook pasta in heavily salted boiling water, to al dente.
  6. Drain pasta to get out as much water as possible.
  7. Return pasta to its pot. Add cheese sauce and the remaining cheddar and Colby Jack.
  8. Stir everything together before pouring it into the baking dish in a single layer.
  9. Spread parmigiano-reggiano on top.
  10. Bake about 45 minutes, to golden and bubbly.
  11. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.


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