Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Baked Mac and Cheese

Who doesn't like mac and cheese?! Honestly... it is such a great comfort food and it brings me back to being a kid when it was one of two food I would eat (the other food being chicken nuggets!) When John and I first moved in together I made "mac and cheese" by throwing pasta and cheese together in the oven.... needless to say that was one of the meals we did NOT eat. After my disaster I decided to check out a cook book and see how you were really supposed to make this stuff. Now I don't know the origins of this recipe because I have been making it for about 2 years, so I am sorry I can't reference you back to the original source! Irregardless, this is so yummy and John and I have been enjoying this recipe for a long time.

2 cups of dry elbows or small shells
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of flour
1 cup of milk
2 cups of cheese (I used sharp white cheddar, but in the past I have used 4 cheese blend and I really like that too)
bread crumbs

1- Turn oven on to 350.
2- Bring the water to a boil, cook pasta, drain and set aside.
3- In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Once melted, stir in the flour and stir until it forms a thick paste.
4- Slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly, until the flour is smooth in the milk.
5- Add the cheese, stir until smooth.
6- Add pasta, mix until pasta and cheese are well combined.
7- Pour into a greased baking dish. Top with a sprinkle of bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered.


  1. I made this tonight for a potluck and it was amazing! So easy and also the most popular dish there. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I used this for my son's birthday party! It was GREAT! It was the only thing that completely disappeared!