Mama's home-cooked mac and cheese

July 18, 2008 3:59:33 PM PDT
There's nothing like home-cooked food to hit the spot. And there's a place to enjoy meals like mom used to make without having to travel back home.Maybe your mom is back in Kansas or out in California. Well, if you are craving that comfort, you only need to head to the East Village. That's where Mama's Food Shop is located, at 200 East 3rd Street.

"I went to NYU, and I'd eat here because it was cheap and delicious," Jeremiah Clancy said.

And years later, Clancy got a job at Mama's Food Shop. Eventually, he and his brother Brendan took over.

There are massive proportions and almost always plenty of leftovers, and those are just a few of the reasons why it is a popular place, especially with the students and people looking for good value in the East Village.

Just head to the counter and order what you want. Then, with a plate piled high, grab a seat under the wall of mamas. The restaurant gives props to moms everywhere.

You'll find comfort at Mama's, particularly with the ever-popular mac and cheese.

Brendan starts by melting butter, along with red onions and garlic. To that, he adds some flour and milk. Once that's thickened, he adds the cheddar. In goes the already cooked macaroni and some salt and pepper. It's transferred to an oven-safe bowl, topped with white cheddar and baked. It comes out ooey gooey and a little crispy on top.

It's one of 10 vegetarian side options. And no, you probably won't be able to finish yours.

Recipe for Mama's Mac and Cheese - 10 to 12 servings

  • 1.5 Tbs chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbs chopped garlic
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 2.5 cup flour
  • 1 qt. whole milk
  • 3.5 cup sharp yellow cheddar
  • 1 cup white cheddar
  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


    1. Melt butter in a saucepan and add the chopped onion and garlic. Cook the onion and garlic for about 5-7 minutes until tender.

    2. Ad flour and whisk until all the lumps have disappeared. Cook this mixture for about 4-5 minutes. Make sure to constantly stir so it does not scorch.

    3. Add the milk to the roux (flour and butter) while whisking. Whisk until smooth.

    4. Add the yellow cheddar. Cook until all cheese has melted. Add the cooked macaroni.

    5. Place the mac and cheese in an oven-safe serving dish and top with the shredded white cheddar. Cook in the oven until the cheese has melted and the edges have browned.

    6. Enjoy!


    STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg

    WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King