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Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese Recipe


Ingredients

Scale
  • 16 ounces uncooked Elbow Macaroni
  • 8 ounces White Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 8 ounces Mild Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces of American Cheese, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 ounces Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚.
  2. Cook your macaroni according to the package, but reduce the cook time by 2 minutes to undercook the noodles.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add 4 ounces of shredded white cheddar, 4 ounces of shredded yellow cheddar, 8 ounces of mozzarella, 8 ounces of chopped American cheese, and 6 ounces softened cream cheese. Mix together with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  4. In a spouted measuring cup, pour one cup whole milk, one cup heavy cream, and crack in two eggs.
  5. Add the 1 teaspoon kosher salt, half teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and one teaspoon onion powder, and whisk together until the eggs are well incorporated.
  6. Pour this wet mixture over the cheese, and mix together.
  7. When you pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water BEFORE draining into a colander.
  8. Add the drained pasta to the cheese + milk mixture, and stir well. If you need to thin everything a tinge, add half of the pasta water.
  9. Pour this cheesy pasta mixture into a greased baking dish.
  10. Top with the remaining 4 ounces of shredded white cheddar, and 4 ounces of shredded mild cheddar.
  11. IF YOU ARE MAKING AHEAD OF TIME, STOP HERE. COVER WITH FOIL, AND KEEP IN THE FRIDGE.
  12. Cover with aluminum foil, and place in the 350˚ oven for 30 minutes covered, and 30 minutes uncovered.
  13. After half an hour, remove the casserole and uncover.
  14. Place back in the oven for 30 more minutes, keeping a close eye during the last 10. When the top is golden brown and bubbly, take it out and let it rest a few minutes before serving!

Notes

MAKE AHEAD BAKING INSTRUCTIONS: On the day you are ready to serve, remove from the fridge ONE HOUR before baking to take the chill off the casserole dish. Place in a 350˚ oven and bake according to the instructions above.

Keywords: old fashioned macaroni and cheese

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