Baked Mac & Cheese

We found this easy recipe for Baked Mac and Cheese from Taste of Home. We love the creamy cheesy taste topped off with buttery breadcrumbs. This baked macaroni and cheese is true "comfort food." My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese on plate

I had always heard the phrase “Comfort Food”, but really didn’t understand how real and powerful it is.  As soon as the temperatures drop and it starts to cool off after a long summer, the comfort food cravings kick in. Baked Mac and Cheese is at the TOP of my list.  Mac and cheese was a childhood favorite in the school cafeteria. The cafeteria ladies fed the entire school on mac and cheese days.

Is homemade Mac and Cheese hard to make?

I had heard stories about how difficult it was to make homemade Mac and Cheese.  The cheese would end up in one big blob. I love it so much that I needed to take matters into my own hands.  And what a surprise, it’s not hard to make your own baked Mac and Cheese. A few tips that will help you with homemade mac and cheese – stick with elbow macaroni or small shells for your pasta. Be careful not to overcook your pasta. (That will result in a sticky blob) And the last tip is to use plenty of real cheese, don’t skimp.  Cheese is part of the recipe name, so it must be important! Cheddar cheese is what we like to add to our baked mac and cheese.

1. Cook your pasta according to package directions.  Drain and rinse the pasta and then set aside while you make the cheesy goodness.

2. After melting the butter, and then adding in the flour and milk, be sure to stir constantly. Then add the cheese and seasonings and continue stirring. This is where you stir just until the cheese is melted and all is combined.

3. Add the pasta to the cheese mixture and stir until all is coated. Pour into a prepared 9 x 13-inch pan. Sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs and stick it in the oven.  It’s that easy and SO delicious.

Now that you have this amazing side dish of Baked Mac and Cheese, here are a few ideas of what you can serve with it for a nice dinner that will bring comfort and a smile to their face.

 

Serves: 12

Baked Mac and Cheese

This easy baked mac and cheese makes a hearty home-cooked meal that's perfect for cooler weather!

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup butter (divided)
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter until melted.
  4. Slowly whisk in flour until blended, and then slowly add in the milk.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil and continue stirring until it starts to thicken.
  6. Add in cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  7. Add cooked macaroni to the sauce and stir until completely combined.
  8. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  9. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter and mix it with the bread crumbs, then sprinkle it over the macaroni mixture.
  10. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is heated through.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Main Dish
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