Country Baked Macaroni and Cheese

There’s nothing like the down home goodness of homemade macaroni and cheese. The boxed products are fine once in a while, but nothing compared to using real cheese, real seasonings, and baked in the oven with a nice crust and all the gooey goodness of the real cheese. This is an easy recipe for classic country style baked macaroni and cheese and it uses real cheese in a thick and creamy sauce which is then added to cooked elbow macaroni, covered in breadcrumbs, and baked to deliciousness!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Serves: 4-6

Classic country baked macaroni and cheese recipe.
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups whole milk
  • 1½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 lb uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add macaroni. Cook macaroni slightly under for about 5 minutes - you don't want it completely done. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, add milk and bay leaf and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes (until bubbles form). Turn off heat and let stand.
  4. In another small saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Once butter is foamy, add flour and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Mixture will be browned when done.
  5. Slowly add about ¼ of the hot milk mixture to the butter/flour saucepan. Pour in very slowly while vigorously whisking the mixture. Continue adding all the milk and stirring until it's a smooth creamy texture.
  6. Add cheddar cheese to the creamy mixture and mix some more until you have a delicious looking creamy cheese sauce.
  7. Add Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and onion powder to mixture and stir for 1 minute.
  8. Using a 13 x 9 glass baking pan, add cooked macaroni and cheese sauce and mix together well. Top with breadcrumbs and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

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