How to Make Baked Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese is a classic comfort food loved by people of all ages. While the boxed version is quick and easy, nothing beats the homemade goodness of baked mac and cheese.
In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps of making a delicious and cheesy baked mac and cheese from scratch. Get ready to indulge in a creamy and flavorful dish that will leave everyone wanting more!
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 cups milk
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional)
Step 1: Cook the Macaroni
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the elbow macaroni until al dente.
Step 2: Prepare the Cheese Sauce
In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
Add the flour to the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
Slowly pour in the milk while continuing to whisk.
Cook the mixture until it thickens, stirring constantly.
Step 3: Add Cheese to Sauce
Remove the saucepan from heat and add the shredded cheddar cheese, stirring until melted and smooth.
Add the grated Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, and paprika (if desired).
Step 4: Combine Macaroni and Cheese Sauce
Pour the cooked macaroni into a baking dish.
Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and stir until well combined.
Step 5: Bake the Mac and Cheese
Bake uncovered in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!
Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
Garnish with additional shredded cheese or breadcrumbs if desired.
Serve hot and enjoy this delicious homemade baked mac and cheese!
Baked mac and cheese is perfect as a main dish or as a side to accompany your favorite meat. The creamy texture combined with the crispy golden top creates a delightful contrast that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
So why settle for boxed mac and cheese when you can easily make your own homemade version? Give this recipe a try, and you’ll never go back!