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Baked Mac 'n Cheese

This is an absolutely delicious Baked Mac n Cheese recipe that will replace all other Macaroni and Cheese recipes.
Categories Easy
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 627 kcal
Author A Sweet Pea Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 lb package penne noodles can also use macaroni or shells
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter plus more to grease baking dish
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp. kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated and divided
  • 2 cups jack cheese grated and divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a medium-sized casserole/baking dish with softened butter and set aside (I use a 9x9x2 dish).
  2. Fill a large stock pot full of water and heat over high heat. Add 1 tbsp. kosher salt to the water to help flavor the noodles.
  3. When the noodles are "al dente" (still firm, but mostly cooked), remove and drain. Make sure to not completely cook through, as they will continue to cook when baked. Set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted, sprinkle in flour and stir to combine.
  5. Mix in the remaining 2 tsp. kosher salt, the pepper and the garlic powder.
  6. Slowly add the cream into the mixture, stirring constantly. There will be tiny bits of the flour mixture that remain once the cream in fully combined, but that's okay.
  7. Add the milk and stir to incorporate.
  8. Bring the mixture almost to a boil, then reduce to low and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, until thickened.
  9. Sprinkle in 3 cups of the cheddar and 1 cup of the jack, stirring well to melt. Cook an additional 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat.
  10. In a large mixing bowl(or in the pot used to cook the noodles), mix the drained noodles with the cheese sauce.
  11. Add mixture to the greased baking dish.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup cheddar and 1 cup jack cheese evenly over the top.
  13. Bake 20-25 minutes, uncovered, until bubbly and golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Mac 'n Cheese
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 627 Calories from Fat 374
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41.5g 64%
Saturated Fat 24.8g 124%
Cholesterol 129.8mg 43%
Sodium 454.2mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 39.3g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g 6%
Sugars 3.7g
Protein 24.2g 48%
Vitamin A 40%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 54%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.