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