Baked Macaroni And Cheese
A perfectly cheesy and creamy baked macaroni and cheese that doesn't use processed cheese. Amazing flavor, sure to be a favorite of yours!
- 1 lb Elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup Butter unsalted
- 1/2 cup Flour All purpose
- 1 1/2 cup Half and half
- 2 1/2 cup Whole milk
- 3 cup Cheddar cheese grated, divided
- 3 cup Sharp cheddar cheese grated, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black pepper freshly ground
Cheese Division - Divide into three groups
One group will make up the sauce – 3 cups
One group will be added in between layers of the macaroni and cheese – 1 1/2 cups
Last group will top the dish – 1 1/2 cups
Set groups of cheese aside.
Pasta Cook And Prep
Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot.
Add the pasta and cook until al dente, usually about 1 minute less than the package directs to cook pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 3-quart baking dish and set it aside.
Drain the pasta and set it aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Slowly add the flour in and whisk to combine. Continue to whisk and cook for about a minute.
Combine the milk and half and half into a large measuring cup.
Slowly pour in 2 cups of the half and half, whisking constantly. Whisk until smooth.
Slowly pour in the remaining half and half and the whole milk, whisking constantly, until smooth.
Whisking very often, continue to cook until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add salt and pepper.
Add the cheese portion that makes up 3 cups. First, add half of it and mix to combine.
Once melted, add the additional 1 1/2 cups and continue to stir until melted and smooth.
Putting It Together
Place the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl and add the cheese sauce. Stir until completely combined.
Pour half of the macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of cheese evenly across the macaroni mixture.
Add the remaining pasta mixture evenly. Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cup of cheese evenly across the pasta mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F until the top is lightly golden brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow it to set up for 10 minutes before serving.
Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 746mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 992IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 508mg | Iron: 1mg