Recipe: Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is my go-to meal for quick side dishes. It’s a holiday favorite with the family. You can’t have a barbeque or a Thanksgiving meal without it. While mac and cheese is supposed to be cheesy, it shouldn’t be that you’re eating all cheese. I’m not a fan of six to eight different cheeses in one meal.  Having a couple is enough for me. It’s taken me a few years to get this recipe to where I can make it without looking at my own recipe cards. I hope you enjoy it!

Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (do not use pre-shredded)
  • 2 cup mild cheddar cheese (do not use pre-shredded)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside. 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add dried pasta and cook for 7-8 minutes. 
  3. Drain water and add macaroni in a large bowl. 
  4. Grate both sharp and mild cheese. 
  5. In a large saucepan, melt butter and add flour to make a roux. 
  6. Once the roux is smooth whisk in the milk and heat on high until the milk begins to boil.
  7. Turn off the heat and add 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese and 1 cup of mild cheddar cheese to the milk and stir until smooth.
  8. Add salt, black pepper and cajun seasonings to the cheese mixture. Taste for extra seasoning.
  9. Begin to add sour cream and ground mustard to macaroni and mix well. 
  10. Pour the cheese over the macaroni and mix well.
  11. Next, pour the macaroni mixture into the baking dish.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining mild cheddar and mozzarella cheese on top of pasta.
  13. Optional, sprinkle paprika seasoning on top of pasta.
  14. Bake macaroni for 35 minutes or until cheese is bubbly or golden brown.

 

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