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Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6
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This creamy, cheesy baked macaroni and cheese is a true crowd pleaser! This southern-inspired comfort food packs a home-style flavor that both kids and adults will love.

Ingredients

Equal parts chicken broth & water (to boil macaroni)
3
cups macaroni (uncooked)
2
tablespoons butter
2
tablespoons flour
1
cup chicken broth
1/2
cup half-and-half
1/2
cup milk
1/2
cup cream cheese, softened
4
cups finely shredded cheeses (sharp cheddar*, mozzarella, gouda, muenster)
1/2
teaspoon black pepper
A few dashes paprika

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, combine equal parts water and chicken broth (just enough to cook your macaroni in) in a large pot and bring to a boil on the stovetop.
  • 2 Add macaroni and cook until al dente according to instructions on box (usually about 7-8 minutes). When macaroni is done, drain and set aside.
  • 3 In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in the flour. Cook for about a minute, whisking constantly. Keep whisking as you add in 1 cup chicken broth, half-and-half, and milk; continue whisking until fully combined. You want the mixture to steam but NOT boil. Adjust your heat accordingly. Add in the cream cheese and stir until completely dissolved and smooth.
  • 4 Remove pot from heat and add in 4 cups of cheese, stirring until smooth. Pour cheese mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Add some black pepper if you'd like.
  • 5 Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan with butter and pour mac and cheese into it. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until slightly jiggly, making sure not to overcook. The macaroni will set and firm up as it cools.
Tips  

*Top with additional shredded cheddar cheese (desired amount) and dashes of paprika.

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