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Baked Mac & Cheese

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and gobbled til they wobbled! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on baked mac and cheese which I indeed made for last weeks holiday. You can actually even call this a one pot wonder. It takes no time at all, easy to bake, and so delicious to eat for a large gathering or even great for leftovers. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 blocks (8 ounces each) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds elbow macaroni
  • 4 or 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain then set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cheddar into small cubes.FullSizeRender-17.jpg
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Add the cubed cheddar and melt until creamy, stirring constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.FullSizeRender-20.jpgFullSizeRender-21.jpg
  5. Add the egg and stir until egg is mixed into the cheese.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir until combined. Stir in the milk and cream cheese, until cream cheese has melted into the pasta.FullSizeRender-18.jpg
  7. Add half of the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with some bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-24.jpg
  8. Add the remaining half of the pasta, followed by more bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-23.jpg
  9. Bake for 35 minutes and then broil on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-29.jpgFullSizeRender-27.jpgFullSizeRender-26.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 8 people.
  • Melting the cheddar requires a lot of arm strength and patience. Don’t worry- this recipe is totally worth it!
  • You can add whichever cream cheese flavor- I added jalapeño.
  • You can even top with onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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