Recipe: Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

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 Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese quick side dish.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • casserole dish or cast-iron skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups dried elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated, do not use pre-shredded
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese grated, do not use pre-shredded
  • 1 tsp salt add more for preferred taste
  • 2 tsp black pepper add more for preferred taste
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease casserole or cast iron skillet with butter.
    Set aside. 
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add dried pasta and cook for 7 minutes. Pasta should be al dente so that it's not completely cooked.
  • Drain water and add macaroni in a large bowl. 
  • Grate both sharp and mild cheeses. 
  • 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. Before proceeding to next steps, taste the cheese sauce for extra seasoning.
  • In the large bowl, pour the cheese over the macaroni and mix well. 
  • Begin to add sour cream to macaroni and mix well. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk one large egg and add to the mac and cheese mixture.
  • Next, pour the macaroni mixture into the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining mild cheddar on top of pasta. 
  • Optional, sprinkle paprika seasoning on top of pasta.
  • Bake macaroni for 40 minutes or until cheese is bubbly or golden brown.
Keyword pasta
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