This Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese has become a staple though in our little home, especially because it makes a TON of left over for us. We usually eat it a couple times for dinner, and I have a few lunches, too. What I love the most is that it is a such a great base for experimenting with other ingredients. Sometimes I include bacon, green onions, or shredded chicken to name just a few.
This is also a really great recipe to make for a party or to bring to someone’s house for an illness or bereavement period. I have none people to freeze it as well and have it come out delicious, though I have never done this myself. If you decide to give it a try, I would freeze in the desired portions because refreezing multiple times will probably try out the pasta.
- 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1 onion - chopped
- ¾ cup butter
- 6 tbsp all purpose flour
- 4.5 cups of milk (I use skim)
- 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1.5 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper (I usually add more because we are big pepper people)
- ¾ cup of Italian bread crumbs
- **Bacon, pancetta, green onions, chicken, etc all make good additions! The picture below shows bacon.**
- Preheat over to 350
- Cook pasta per directions and drain the water
- In a stock pot, saute the onion with ½ cup of butter
- Add the flour and whisk until blended (make sure the butter hasn't completely evaporated)
- Gradually add the milk while still stirring
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue stirring to avoid any burning. The mixture should thicken slightly.
- Stir in the cheese, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth. I usually pour the first half of the cheese, stir well, and then pour the rest.
- Add the cooked/drained pasta into the sauce and stir well until all the pasta is coated
- Transfer the pasta into a greased 9x13 baking dish
- Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the top of the dish. If desired, you could toss the breadcrumbs with some butter before adding to the top.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.
Do you have a favorite added ingredient for Mac and Cheese?