Mac & Cheese Base

Mac & Cheese Base

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22 review(s) averaging 4.5. 81% would make again

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"You don't need the extra 2 cups of cheese. You also add in the bread crumbs just before you put it in the oven. Add them last and mix it up in the pan before you put it in the casserole. Also sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top after you remove it from the oven. I added a LB of ground beef to the casserole and it came out delicious. "

- Tonio909


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1 pound elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons Butter
4 tablespoons Flour
4 cups milk
Salt and pepper; to taste
4 cups sharp Cheddar; 4 cups plus 1/2 cup, shredded
1 cup Breadcrumbs

Original recipe makes 6



Cook the macaroni in boiling water for about 10 minutes until tender but still firm.

Drain well and set aside. In a deep skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour to make a roux and cook, stirring, to remove any lumps. Pour in the milk and cook until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 2 cups Cheddar and continue to cook until melted. Add the cooked macaroni and stir. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the casserole from oven, top with remaining 1/2-cup cheese. Bake for an additional 5 minutes until hot and bubbly.


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My whole family loved it, will make it again.
te1307 1 year ago

Such a yummy treat during cold winter months
TMcR 1 year ago

Excellent basic Mac-n-cheese, I made half the recipe and it came out great. Topped with 3 slices white bread, torn up and mixed with 2 tbsp melted butter, baked at 350 for .5 hour for a crunchy buttery top. Yum!
Lynn1775 1 year ago

Could I substitute the sharp cheddar with shredded Mexican cheese?
greatfoodgreatcompany 1 year ago

It was ok...
Iluvjon4eva26 1 year ago

Good mac n cheese
MinnaB 2 years ago

Tasted amazing! Thank you for this wonderful base recipe. You can add anything to this recipe!
FortunaFaythe 2 years ago

pretty basic mac and cheese nothing fancy, I put bacon in mine and used the bacon drippings instead of butter. Its good for what it is, ya know?
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