Baked Mac and Cheese

     Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods! The other week I was craving it like crazy. Dont ask me why (and no I'm not pregnant!) I went on the hunt and found a ton of recipes that sounded great. I decided to go with this one I found from Americas Test Kitchen. It turned out to be so good. It was creamy, cheesy and totally comforting. My craving was finally satisfied. Oh, and the kiddos loved it too, so it will be a keeper!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) Butter, divided
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 lb Large Elbow Macaroni
1/4 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Ground Mustard
3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1 3/4 cups Whole Milk
3/4 cup Chicken Broth
4 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Salt & Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a small bowl. Mix in the bread crumbs, and set aside.

In a large pot of water, pour in 1/2 tablespoon of salt and boil the macaroni until tender. About 11 minutes. Drain water. Leave macaroni in the strainer. Set aside.

Use the same large pot, and wipe it dry. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, and melt over medium heat.
Stir in the garlic and ground mustard. Cook until fragrant. About 30 seconds or so. Stir in the flour and cook until golden, about a minute. Whisk in milk and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, and continue to cook, whisking often. Cook until mixture has thickened, about 6 minutes.

Remove from heat and add in all the cheese. Stir until cheese has completely melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the macaroni until well combined. Pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.


Val said...

Can I have some leftovers for breakfast, please?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is something I adore. Can I have some, please!



Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

This looks great. My kids have been asking for mac and cheese lately. I need to find a great recipe. Thanks for the ideas.

Sabrina said...

this is def one of my favorites! looks great Holly!

Ali said...

Mac and cheese is one of those comfort dishes that is just so delicious and wonderful. I like that your cheese sauce has some chicken broth for extra flavor. Delish.

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Muriel Miller said...

Oh my goodness Holls we are seriously like 2 peas in a pod! I just made mac n cheese for my family this past weekend and have the recipe coming up on my blog tomorrow! This sounds delicious and your picture is GREAT!

So Domesticated said...

Love, love, love mac and cheese... I'm always looking for new mac and cheese recipes! Looks delish!

CassidyS said...

This looks delicious! Do you think I could make a gluten and dairy free version??? Don't think I won't try b/c I'm going to!

kitchen flavours said...

This looks delicious! Mac and Cheese is my kids' favourite, they would love this version as well! Thanks for sharing!

The Country Cook said...

I'm with you when it comes to the America's Test Kitchen recipes. They are always so reliable. Great choice Holly. Your picture is giving me cravings - bad!!

carolinaheartstrings said...

My family loves mac and cheese baked in the oven. So much better than any made up top. This one looks terrific.

We Are Not Martha said...

I ALWAYS crave mac and cheese :) And America's Test Kitchen definitely has the best recipes ever.


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Justine said...

Very good! I added a cup of cooked chicken pieces in spicy bbq sauce and about a tsp of red pepper flakes to give it more flavor. I will only go with 1/4c of bread crumbs in the future.

Justine said...

Very good! I added a cup of cooked chicken pieces in spicy bbq sauce and about a tsp of red pepper flakes to give it more flavor. I will only go with 1/4c of bread crumbs in the future.