The Ultimate Baked Mac ‘n Cheese



The Ultimate Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

When it comes to comfort food, nothing quite hits the spot like a steaming hot dish of homemade mac ‘n cheese. Our recipe for “The Ultimate Baked Mac ‘n Cheese” takes this classic favorite to a whole new level.
We’ve combined creamy, gooey cheese sauce with perfectly cooked macaroni, topped with a crispy breadcrumb crust for that irresistible crunch. This dish is a crowd-pleaser and a perfect choice for a family dinner or a potluck with friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a baking dish.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour until it’s well combined and forms a roux.
  4. Gradually whisk in the milk, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth.
  5. Reduce the heat and add 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, stirring until the cheese is completely melted.
  6. Season the cheese sauce with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  7. Combine the cooked macaroni with the cheese sauce and pour it into the greased baking dish.
  8. In a small bowl, mix the remaining cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, and melted butter. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the mac ‘n cheese.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbling.
  10. Let it cool for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy your ultimate baked mac ‘n cheese!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Creamy and cheesy baked macaroni with a crispy breadcrumb topping – the ultimate comfort food!

Nutrition: (Per Serving) Calories: 380, Fat: 22g, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 16g

There you have it, “The Ultimate Baked Mac ‘n Cheese” that’s bound to become a staple in your home. It’s a dish that combines the creamy comfort of traditional mac ‘n cheese with the delightful crunch of a breadcrumb crust. Whether you’re making it for a family dinner or a potluck with friends, this recipe is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. So, go ahead, indulge in this cheesy delight, and savor the deliciousness that only homemade mac ‘n cheese can bring!