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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I know there are a lot of lovers and fans of the famous boxed version of this great staple dish and it’s OK (I guess)… But I have a recipe that is soooo much better! Try it and let me know if I am right! Plus – as with everything you make in your own kitchen, it smells so good! And a little hint – you can freeze this with no problem, so what I do is bake it in smaller dishes, cool after baking and just put the dish directly into my freezer. And then – when I don’t feel like cooking dinner (oh yes – we all have days like that – even me!) – there it is – homemade and ready to eat! Enjoy and comment please!

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole:

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of ready-cut macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan or strong cheddar cheese (or mix them 1/2 and 1/2)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup of fine bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of grated mozzarella cheese or Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Few grains of paprika

Directions:

Cook macaroni according to directions.

Melt butter, add flour and stir until bubbling.

Gradually add milk and stir constantly until smooth and thickened.

Add cheese and stir until melted, blend in seasonings.

Place a layer of macaroni in a greased 1-1/2 quart casserole, cover it with a layer of sauce. Repeat this ending with a sauce layer.

Prepare topping: Mix bread crumbs with butter and spread over top; sprinkle with grated cheese and paprika.

Bake at 375F for 25 – 30 minutes or until heated through and crumbs are brown.

And as with all my other recipes, here are a few additions that can make this dish even better:

  • Prepare few strips of bacon by frying it (not too crisp), cut them into 1 inch pieces and sprinkle over the top along with the cheese
  • Drain a can of tomatoes well, add layers of tomatoes over the macaroni before you start adding the sauce
  • Cook wieners or sausages, cut them into 1-1-1/2 inch pieces and mix them in with the macaroni

These are just a few additions you can make – let me know what else you came up with!

 

Hope you will enjoy this recipeĀ  – please send me your suggestions, comments and experiences – your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, step mother to Abbie Gateman and is also a brand new Grandmother. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

4 comments
Parker Millholland - June 2, 2013

Macaroni is a variety of dry pasta made with durum wheat. Elbow macaroni noodles normally do not contain eggs, (although they may be an optional ingredient) and are normally cut in short, hollow shapes; however, the term refers not to the shape of the pasta, but to the kind of dough from which the noodle is made. Although home machines exist that can make macaroni shapes, macaroni is usually made commercially by large-scale extrusion.*`,.

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Donna - August 14, 2014

I can’t seem to find any where on your web page to search for recipes. Where is it located?

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Donna - August 16, 2014

Can you make this recipe (macaroni & cheese) ahead and freeze it, if so how long would you be able to freeze it for??

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    Donna - August 16, 2014

    just read full recipe you can freeze, what temp, and for how long do you bake for, do you have to thaw first or can you bake from frozen?? would it be 375* for 25 – 30 min.?

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