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There are a few simple steps to a great Mac N Cheese. As you have most certainly noticed, there are good and not so good Mac N Cheese recipes. One of the most common mistakes is not adding enough cheese, leaving the noodles dry and hard. On the subject of cheese use good quality cheese not the super cheap kind (it matters). The easiest and most fool proof method of making Mac N Cheese, is to first make the noodles and then make a cheese sauce to pour over the top, and then baking. The noodles should be swimming in cheese sauce. Adding flour in my opinion steals a lot of the flavor from the cheese. I prefer to add eggs which help thicken it. If you desire to make a runnier Mac N Cheese (Which is some times better as a side dish) use just one egg or leave them out entirely.
"I'm a Mac n cheese addict and have tried many different kinds. This was excellent!! I was a little skeptical about using the eggs but you were right! The consistency was great and you really could taste the cheese! It was firm but not dry. This Will definitely go in the rotation. Thanks!!"- jenniferoliveira
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In water with two teaspoons of salt boil macaroni until slightly soft (al dente), strain and leave in covered pot.
Beat the egg whites separately, and (except for the 3/4 Cup shredded sharp cheddar and 1/2 tsp. salt) add all of the remaining ingredients to a pan on low heat.
Stir until completely melted (add more half & half if needed). When nicely blended, pour macaroni into a 9x13 in baking dish, that has been sprayed with cooking spray(e.g. Pam)
Pour cheese mixture over the top, then cover with the 3/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degree preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly browned on top.
Variety adds complexity of taste and that is why I like to add a blend of cheeses, but no more than 7, beyond that your taste buds start getting confused. Some people use 14 or more different cheeses and the flavors start becoming indistinguishable. While adding powdered mustard adds depth of flavor, it is not needed when using a blend of cheeses.
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amandaleary 1 week agoI've tried several Mac n cheese recipes. This was by far the best! Very creamy. Huge hit!!
JudyMathewsPaczkowski 2 months agoYou say you MUST use good cheese and then the first thing I see is Velveeta. That is not even real cheese!
pinkcaramel 3 months agoGOING TO MAKE IT FOR THIS THANKSGIVING DINNER
amorloco 4 months ago
echofoxtrot2011 5 months ago
robbgriffin 5 months agoI've made this many times and it's always a hit. Added a 4oz of green chiles and topped with bacon....so good.
lashawntab 8 months ago
mountaindew 10 months agoYummy! Great cheesy flavor. Plan to make it again soon.
asmitherman 10 months ago
Billybobsplace 11 month agoThis is probably the best Mac n cheese I've ever had.i add bacon and garlic butter to it Found this on big oven over a year ago and make it now on a regular basis.
devitadyer 11 month agoI made this yesterday and it was really good. I omitted the eggs because I can't stand stiff macaroni. I like mines creamy and a little runny.
kellimegalo 12 months agoAwesome!
mecstell 1 year agoI mistakenly bought medium cheddar, but it was so tasty.
Drallen9 1 year agoWe loved this recipe. Easy and delicious!
robbgriffin 1 year agoPerfect recipe, so good.
goodgreen41 1 year ago
Shelley6969 1 year agoHave tried many nasty ones,this is the best ever !
tammyjohnson02 1 year agoThis was good - but it was even better day two!
MitzV 1 year agoBest macaroni and cheese ever I added an extra cup of sharp cheddar after the sauce was mixed in. Will be making it again!!!