Baked Mac And Cheese

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How to make the best-baked mac and cheese recipe is on today’s post. I really like making this recipe because I can make all of it with my food storage. It’s been a number of years since I wrote this one, so I thought I’d better update it.

It smells fabulous baking in the oven. You can make it with whole milk or skim milk. You can even make it with different cheeses, fresh or freeze-dried.

As I remember, this was a family reunion recipe, so yes, you could feed your large family. It freezes well after baking it if you put the leftovers in smaller containers.

This is a great item for school lunches as well if you have a thermos-type container to keep it hot.

When Mark and I raised our daughters, they loved this recipe! I served it with the green beans we had grown, picked, snapped, and canned in a pressure canner.

My girls still tell me that gardening and canning taught them their work ethic, among other things. There is something really awesome about working side by side with your kids producing your own food and preserving it.

Baked Mac And Cheese

Kitchen Items Needed In The Kitchen

Baked Mac And Cheese

Step One

Gather the ingredients so you’re ready to make the recipe.

Ingredients

Step Two

Boil the macaroni according to the directions on the package. Drain, and set aside.

Boil the Macaroni

Step Three

Drain the macaroni.

Drain the Macaroni

Step Four

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium pan, melt the butter and quickly add the flour, salt, pepper, and dry mustard. Continue stirring with a whisk until the mixture is smooth and blended. I got distracted and the butter got a little browner than I like, but the end result was still delicious.

Melt the bUtter

Step Five

You can see I added the dry mustard and pepper here.

Add the Seasonings

Step Six

Keep stirring, add the milk, then start adding the different cheeses (save 1/2 cup cheddar cheese for the top) and stir until melted.

Add the Cheese

Step Seven

Remove from heat. Add the cooked and drained macaroni and blend until macaroni is covered with cheese. Scoop the mixture into a 9″ by 13″ inch greased pan and sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of cheese you set aside.

Baked Mac And Cheese

Step Eight

Sprinkle the breadcrumbs, depending on the quantity you desire, on top. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes, or until the casserole starts to bubble.

Baked Mac And Cheese

Finished Product

Baked Mac And Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium pan, melt the butter and quickly add the flour, salt, pepper, and mustard. Continue stirring with a whisk until the mixture is smooth and blended. Keep stirring, add the milk, then start adding the different cheeses (save 1/2 cup cheddar cheese for the top) and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add the cooked and drained macaroni and blend until macaroni is covered with cheese. Scoop the mixture into a 9″ by 13″ inch greased pan and sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of cheese you set aside. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs depending on the quantity you desire on top. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until the casserole starts to bubble.

How do I store this in the refrigerator?

I use a Tupper-ware type container that is airtight.

Can I freeze it after baking it?

This recipe freezes well. It will keep for 1-2 months. I usually put the leftovers in smaller containers since they are easier to deal with.

How long can I keep it in the refrigerator?

Mac and Cheese will stay good for 3-5 days if properly wrapped airtight in the refrigerator.

Can I trade out the Velveeta cheese?

Today I had to use Velveeta slices because the grocery store was out of the boxed Velveeta cheese. So yes, any cheese will work.

Is it okay to use a different cheese?

I use whatever cheese I have in the refrigerator or freezer.

Can I use different milks in this recipe?

I haven’t used anything but whole milk, but any milk will work if you like the flavor.

How do I reheat this recipe?

You can, of course, microwave the leftovers, but you can also heat them up on the stove by adding a bit more milk.

What can I serve with mac and cheese?

  • Cooked Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Tossed Salad
  • Spinach
  • BBQ Ribs
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Baked Chicken Legs
  • Coleslaw
  • Chili
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Steak
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Meatloaf
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Who invented Mac and Cheese?

I did some research about the history of mac and cheese. Some amateur historians have given Pres. Thomas Jefferson credit, and apparently he and his chef were the ones who introduced the recipe to the US after a visit to Paris where they enjoyed a meal or two. Wikipedia states that versions of mac and cheese as a pasta casserole were being made in Italy as early as the 14th century.

Also at that time, the casserole was listed in a medieval English cookbook. Elizabeth Raffald put together a cookbook in 1769 she called The Experienced English Housekeeper, and she included a recipe for mac and cheese.

Mary Randolph of Virginia listed a recipe for macaroni and cheese in her 1824 cookbook entitled, The Virginia Housewife. Both here in the US, and throughout Europe, you’ll encounter various approaches to making this delicious meal.

Do I have to bake it in the oven?

No, many recipes call for mac and cheese to be cooked on the stovetop using a saucepan.

Can I make it without having to make a “sauce first?”

Yes, some people prefer to make their’s by preparing the pasta, and then just layering the cheese and pasta, along with some evaporated milk and/or butter, in a baking pan and then cooking it. Of course, the texture of this casserole would be different.

What if I want the casserole to have more of a crispy texture on top?

I think you’ll find my recipe above with dried bread crumbs provides that kind of texture to this mac and cheese casserole, but I have heard of people using crackers or dried onions instead. Be adventurous and try what you think your family will enjoy.

If I’m in a big hurray, do they make boxed mixes for mac and cheese?

Yes, there are a number of commercial brands you can buy. One of the most popular is manufactured by Kraft Foods. You can also buy the cheese sauce and add it to your pasta. Check it out.

Final Word

Please let me know if you make my baked mac and cheese, I love hearing from you. Life is good when we know how to cook from scratch. This recipe is perfect to have our kids and grandkids make with us in the kitchen. Please keep stocking what you can afford. May God Bless this world, Linda

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