Homemade Not Storebought Menu Planning Recipes

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I’m not going to lie – I have a pretty tragic love/hate relationship with this recipe.  Tonight I finally made a version that was pretty good.  I love the creaminess of this one and the bread crumbs on top add a little bit of texture and tastiness that makes a big difference.

I use White American Deli cheese.  I have the deli slice it and i tear it up into pieces as I add it to the sauce.  If you can get a block and shred it, go for it.  White american melts nicer than yellow in my opinion – it doesn’t look so “neon” yellow either.

You can mix up the cheeses, but I found this combination to be the best for taste and melting.  I also did something weird with my white sauce, bear with me – it worked.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Author Carrie Hill

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C Softened butter
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 1/4 C. Flour
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/3 Lb Sliced White American Cheese
  • 2/3 C. Shredded White Kerry Gold Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 32 Oz Elbow Macaroni - uncooked
  • 1/4 C. Regular or Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Olive Oil for Drizzling

Instructions

  1. Bring 6-7 Cups of water to a boil and salt liberally, add in the dried pasta and cook until al dente - you are going to bake this and the pasta will cook a little more.
  2. After the pasta is done, drain and set aside. In the same large pot you cooked the pasta in, melt the butter and add the 1 Tbsp of water. When the butter is completely melted whisk in the flour this will be a bit loose - let it bubble together for about 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk and the Garlic Powder and bring back up to a simmer. When the sauce coats the back of a spoon and allows you to draw a line across it without it filling in - it's ready for the cheese.
  4. Tear up the american cheese and add it to the sauce - trade in your whisk for a wooden spoon at this time. Then add in the shredded cheddar and stir frequently until all of the cheese is melted and the sauce is thickened.
  5. Taste for seasoning - salt is likely not needed with all of the cheese - but you might like some pepper or a bit more garlic powder.
  6. Add in the pasta and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish that was sprayed with nonstick spray.
  7. Top with bread crumbs - you can use regular or Panko, whichever you like
  8. Drizzle lightly with olive oil
  9. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

AboutCarrie Hill

Carrie Hill is the mother of 2 human children, and 5 fur babies. She has a husband who is a great guy, a good food tester, but a bit of a nut, just like her. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking and baking in her spare time.

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