I love mac & cheese. It certainly is not something that you want to eat weekly considering how it’s not the healthiest thing to eat BUT it’s a good treat! All three of these recipes are great. I make all of them. I’m not quite sure which would be my favorite, it just depends on what kind you are in the mood for!
Creamy Macaroni & Cheese
This is your typical creamy mac and cheese, not many spices but they aren’t needed because the other flavors are so rich. Quick to throw together, the least time consuming. Made in crockpot but I’m sure it would be just as good baked at 350 for 45 min!
Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stiruntil the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen
Classic Mac & Cheese
This one is probably the most time consuming but worth every second. It has a great crunchy panko bread crumb topping.
For the bread crumb topping:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
¾ cup panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried parsley
Salt and pepper
For the pasta:
1 lb. pasta shapes
6 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dry mustard
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
6 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
3½ cups milk
1 lb. colby jack cheese, shredded
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Ground black pepper
To make the bread crumb topping, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add in the panko and cook, stirring frequently, until the bread crumbs are a light golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool.
Recipe from Annie Eats
Cracker Barrel Mac & Cheese
This is a recipe from Travis’ aunt. It is awesome! The next time I make it I am going to put some crumbled bacon in it. I really don’t know which is my favorite!
3C. dried elbow macaroni
1 small onion, chopped
1t. Lawrys seasoning salt
1t. onion salt
1 brick Crackerbarrel extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 brick Cracker barrel extra sharp white cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 slices American cheese
1/2 pound cooked crumbled bacon (optional)
Cooknoodles, set aside. Heat in saucepan 2-3 cups milk, then whisk in theflour, it will thicken. Add cheese and remaining ingredients. Onceall melted and mixed together pour over cooked noodles in oven safebowl, stir, and bake for 45 min at 350.