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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 baked macaroni & cheese is a true crowd pleaser! It's creamy & cheesy which pleases the kids yet comforting with that southern, home-style flavor that pleases the adults!

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 In a large pot, add equal parts water & chicken broth. (Just enough to cook your macaroni in) Bring to a boil.
  • 2 Add macaroni and cook until al dente. About 7-8 minutes (look on back of the box for the cooking time and set your timer so that you don't overcook it) When macaroni is done, drain and set aside
  • 3 In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter & whisk in the flour. Cook for about a minute. Whisking the entire time.
  • 4 Slowly whisk in 1 cup chicken broth, half n half, & milk. Whisk until combined. You want the mixture to steam but NOT boil. Adjust your heat accordingly.
  • 5 Add in the cream cheese & stir until completely dissolved and smooth.
  • 6 Remove from heat & add in 4 cups of cheese & stir until smooth.
  • 7 Pour cheese mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Add some black pepper if you'd like.
  • 8 Grease a 9 X 9 inch pan with butter & pour the mac n cheese into it.
  • 9 Bake in preheat 350° F oven for 25-30 minutes. You want the macaroni & cheese to be sort of jiggle when you take it out. It will set as it cools. Do not over cook.
Tips  

Expert Tips

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

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
625.0
Daily Value
Total Fat
40.1g
62%
(
Saturated Fat
22.8g
114%
)
Cholesterol
119.0mg
40%
Sodium
633.1mg
26%
Total Carbohydrate
38.6g
13%
(
Dietary Fiber
1.5g
6%
,
Sugars
4.5g
)
Protein
27.3g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
0.40%
0%
Calcium
58.40%
58%
Iron
9.70%
10%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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