Baked Mac and Cheese


This is a simple, delicious recipe for baked mac and cheese. It is cheesy and comforting, and can be easily customized to your liking. This dish is perfect for a cozy night in, or can be served as a side dish at a party. It is sure to please everyone!

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz) package elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain.
  4. In the same pot, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Add cooked macaroni and mix well.
  5. Pour into prepared dish. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle over the top.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bread crumbs are golden brown.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many ways you can change up this recipe to suit your tastes. Try using a different type of cheese, or adding in some chopped vegetables. You could also use different shaped pasta, or add a crunchy topping like bacon or crumbled up crackers.

What other food it works well with

This dish is versatile and goes well with many different foods. Try serving it with a green salad and some crusty bread, or as a side dish alongside roasted chicken or grilled steak. It would also be delicious served with a bowl of soup on a cold day.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making this dish is to overcook the pasta. Be sure to only cook it for 5 minutes, or it will be too soft and mushy when baked. Another mistake is to not use enough cheese. Be sure to use a good quality cheese, and don’t be afraid to use plenty of it!

Nutritional Information

This dish is high in calories and fat, so it is best enjoyed in moderation. Each serving contains approximately 550 calories and 25 grams of fat.

Allergens

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Wheat

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