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Classic Cheesy Mac & Cheese

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When I think of Comfort Food I think of Macaroni & Cheese. The warm ooey-gooey-ness of it all makes me always go back for seconds and thirds! There are a variety of ways to make Macaroni and Cheese. The recipes can vary depending on where you are from, taste preferences, and how your mother makes it. For me, I think California really has a wide range of Mac & Cheese. I love anything with cheese and unfortunately my mother didn’t cook this for us growing up. So, with my creative cooking juices flowing, this Classic Cheesy Mac & Cheese recipe was made.

Delicious Rating: Yummy Yummy Time! If you really love a creamy and cheesy macaroni then this recipe is for you. If you don’t want baked Mac & Cheese you don’t have to bake it at all. You can cook the noodles while the sauce is being prepared and once tossed together, serve. I ate a lot right out of the pan. It is a perfect side dish or stand alone. This is by far one of the most delicious Mac and Cheese recipes I have ever cooked! Please make this easy recipe and let me know what you think!

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Classic Cheesy Mac & Cheese
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Yields: 4 Side Dishes
 
The perfect side dish for a turkey or ham dinner.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces of elbow macaroni
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
  3. In a large pan melt butter.
  4. Add in flour, salt, and pepper-whisking until well blended.
  5. Pour in milk and cream while whisking.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  7. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir for 10 minutes.
  8. Add cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
  9. Take mixture off heat.
  10. Add macaroni noodles to cheese sauce and coat well.
  11. Place in a lightly buttered baking dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  12. Bake 25 minutes or until top is golden.

The heavy cream really gives the cheese sauce a nice thickness to stick to the pasta.
Look at how it just coats it so well. When baked, the macaroni and cheese is still super cheesy and melty, the best type!
Serve with a Delicious Ham Spread!

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