Baked Mac & Cheese!

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Macaroni & Cheese is a big player in our home!  My kids would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  But when they eat it, it’s usually out of a box.  So the true test would be if my kids would eat homemade Mac & Cheese.  I had tried to make this in the past but I don’t think I had the right recipe.  The cheese didn’t stick to the macaroni which can be a huge problem when you want to serve Mac & Cheese.  This recipe was one I knew I could count on and it didn’t  fail me.

Burnt Macaroni Mac & Cheese 027aThe secret is in the cheese.  This recipe calls for Extra Sharp Cheddar and Gruyere cheese (one of my favorites).  Shred the cheese to make it easier to melt into the milk mixture.


Burnt Macaroni Mac & Cheese 041aFirst melt butter in a huge pot.  Add flour to thicken it up.  At the same time, heat up milk in a separate pot.

Burnt Macaroni Mac & Cheese 051aWhen the milk comes to a light simmer, add it to the butter and flour mixture.

Burnt Macaroni Mac & Cheese 058aOnce the milk thickens a bit, add the cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Mix completely.

Burnt Macaroni Mac & Cheese 069aAdd the macaroni to the cheese mixture.  Make sure the macaroni isn’t all the way cooked.  It will cook a little more in the oven.  The best macaroni to use is the true macaroni noodle.  I used a Tortiglioni noodle.  It’s nice and thick and absorbed the cheese mixture perfectly.

Burnt Macaroni Mac & Cheese 076aThe next step is to add it to oven save bowls.  The topping is simply bread crumbs mixed with butter.  Cook in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  It should come out looking like this.

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Baked Mac & Cheese!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons Butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 4 cups Gruyere Cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 pound Tortiglioni Pasta

For the Topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Melt butter in pan
  3. Add flour to thicken, cook for a minute or two
  4. Heat up milk in separate pan until a slight simmer
  5. Pour the milk into the butter mixture
  6. Stir until thick
  7. Add all the cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg
  8. Fold into the mixture until it's completely mixed through
  9. Cook pasta in Olive Oil and salt for about 7 minutes
  10. Add slightly undercooked pasta into the cheese mixture
  11. When mixed together, add mac & cheese to oven safe bowls
  12. Add the mixture of melted butter and bread crumbs to the top
  13. Bake for 30 minutes
  14. Cool for 10 minutes, serve

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite chefs, Ina Garten. I served this dish with chicken and a salad. But it can be served with just about anything.

By the way, my kids loved it!

 

 

 

 

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