Baked Macaroni and Cheese

When you think about comfort food, a few of the absolute standards come to mind: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. There’s something so incredibly satisfying about macaroni and cheese that it continues to be a very popular dish. If you’ve only ever made mac & cheese from a box on the stovetop, then your life is about to change. This recipe for baked macaroni and cheese is easy to prepare, but will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen.

The best thing about baked macaroni and cheese is that bubbly, cheesy crust on top. You’ll get that beautiful top, but underneath there’s also an incredible combination of flavors and pasta to make this dish a ‘go-to’ for any occasion.

A word about processed cheese: we know everyone loves the creaminess that comes from adding processed cheese to the recipe. However, you can get the texture you crave using non-processed ingredients, too. This recipe doesn’t contain processed cheese; instead, a creamy cheese sauce made on the stovetop provides the flavor and texture that only gets better with time in the oven.

Another word about cheese: don’t limit yourself to cheddar! This recipe works great with a variety of cheeses. Experiment with the ones you love and use combinations of more than one type of cheese to take the flavors to another level.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons butter, plus about 1 tablespoon for the topping

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole milk

1 cup half-and-half

A splash of heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

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Begin by preheating the oven to 350 and butter a 2.5 quart baking dish. Prepare the macaroni according to directions while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Once melted, and add the flour and stir constantly to incorporate once it begins to bubble, slowly add the milk, half-and-half, and cream. Cook until mixture thickens slightly then add 2 cups of cheddar cheese, pepper and paprika and stir to incorporate. This is the cheese sauce you’ll add to the macaroni before baking.

Once the macaroni is cooked, drain it and then combine in a large bowl with the cheese sauce. Pour mixture into greased casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Dot the mixture with butter and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese on top is melted and bubbly. Place on the counter and allow to set for a few minutes before serving.

This delicious baked macaroni and cheese is a wonderful main course for dinner. Simply serve alongside a salad and vegetables for a delicious, nutritious and comforting meal. It also makes a great accompaniment to steak, chicken, pork chops or seafood. Try this delicious and simply recipe for baked macaroni and cheese; we’re sure this one will end up in the recipe box and on the menu for years to come

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Delectable Baked Macaroni and Cheese

It can be a challenge to put an impressive homemade dish together in a pinch. The time to experiment with fancy new recipes is not when you have company coming over for dinner and the pressure is on. You should try a wholesome, hearty, and comforting dish like macaroni and cheese when you’re expecting company and you don’t want to splash a lot of cash on ingredients. The classic dish of “mac and cheese” can be given a gourmet spin by turning it into baked macaroni and cheese with an array of cheeses and serving it with sophisticated stalks of pan-roasted asparagus.This recipe for Baked Macaroni and Cheese is sure to impress your dinner guests and court compliments over how comforting and savory this dish is. Baked macaroni and cheese is a great recipe for feeding a large group of people without spending a lot of money since the main ingredient is an inexpensive box of pasta. The end result is a rich and golden dish that is pure bliss. Whipping up this creative comfort food the day before your next dinner event is sure to impress your guests and leave them feeling warm and satisfied.Delectable Baked Macaroni and Cheese (8 servings)

Ingredients
1 box (1lb) of uncooked macaroni
1/2 cup of butter
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese (cubed)
8 ounces Swiss cheese (cubed)
4 ounces Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
1 cup whole milk
Black Pepper, to taste
bread crumbs

Directions
Elbows or shells are an ideal choice for this recipe. Boil the macaroni as you normally would. Drain it and then place it in a large casserole dish. Add the whole milk, butter, and cubed cheese. Make sure that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed, and add pepper. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top. Finish with a sprinkling of bread crumbs. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The cheese should be lightly browned and the contents of the pan should be firm and moist. Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.

Pan-Roasted Asparagus (8 servings)

Ingredients
2 pounds fresh asparagus
4 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt

Directions
Wash the asparagus and cut off the ends of the spears. Warm the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Place the asparagus in the pan. Cover it and cook for about 10 minutes or until the ends of the asparagus are slightly golden. Turn the asparagus during the cooking process to prevent the asparagus from sticking. Sprinkle with salt and display on a large serving dish with serving tongs.

Baked macaroni and cheese and the accompanying asparagus can be served family style. The contrast of the gooey and golden macaroni and cheese with the crunchy spears of asparagus is a delightful culinary experience with a wholesome taste and a gourmet vibe. This is a dish that both adults and kids will love to dig into.