Recipe: Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

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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!

Recipe for macaroni and cheese

Creamy Homemade Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese quick side dish.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Equipment

  • casserole dish or cast-iron skillet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups milk
  • 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. (Optional step)
  • 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.
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