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Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Updated on August 13, 2013

Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

4.9 stars from 7 ratings of Macaroni & Cheese

Your nugget of nutritional info for this post:

I'm going to go ahead and say there isn't. A nugget of nutritional info, that is. Mostly because--who cares? I know I don't when I'm craving macaroni and cheese, so I'll save the RDA for another post, and just dive in to this quick & easy prep.

The Results!

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The Ingredients:

Recipe in Rebus:

Using @ half of each cheese package, unwrap
Using @ half of each cheese package, unwrap
slice into manageable strips, and ready your Parmesan. Set all this aside for now
slice into manageable strips, and ready your Parmesan. Set all this aside for now
add macaroni to boiling water, and cook to al dente--note: this can be done at any time during prep
add macaroni to boiling water, and cook to al dente--note: this can be done at any time during prep
assemble flour, butter, stock and milks
assemble flour, butter, stock and milks
melt butter
melt butter
add flour to melted butter; cook roux until a bread-ee aroma emanates--about 2-3 minutes
add flour to melted butter; cook roux until a bread-ee aroma emanates--about 2-3 minutes
like this
like this
add no salt chicken stock
add no salt chicken stock
add buttermilk
add buttermilk
add ½ & ½
add ½ & ½
add cheese strips in increments, stirring frequently
add cheese strips in increments, stirring frequently
add Parmesan, stir
add Parmesan, stir
pour sauce over drained macaroni
pour sauce over drained macaroni
stir. Set aside temporarily while you prep breadcrumb topping
stir. Set aside temporarily while you prep breadcrumb topping
melt butter, and remove from stovetop
melt butter, and remove from stovetop
add mix of Panko and Progresso breadcrumbs to melted butter, and stir
add mix of Panko and Progresso breadcrumbs to melted butter, and stir
spray 9x13 casserole with cooking spray
spray 9x13 casserole with cooking spray
add mac...
add mac...
top with buttery breadcrumbs, cook at 350 for 30 minutes--
top with buttery breadcrumbs, cook at 350 for 30 minutes--

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: serves 6 @ 8 oz.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. macaroni elbows, large elbows are best
  • 2 cups ½ & ½
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup NS chicken stock
  • 1 cube butter, divided into TBSP pats
  • ½ lb Velveeta, cheese-like product ;)
  • ½ lb American Cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan
  • ½ cup Panko style breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup Progresso Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 4 TBSP flour

How to Do It:

  1. Grab your packages of cheese, and unwrap them. Chop slices into small strips. Measure Parmesan. Set all this aside for now.
  2. Set water onto boil for the macaroni. Once rapidly boiling, add macaroni and a drop of oil if handy, and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside. (Note: this can be done at any convenient time during cheese sauce preparation)
  3. Assemble your milk, stock, butter and flour and head over to the stovetop. Melt 4 TBSP. butter.
  4. Add flour to melted butter. Stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until a "just-baked cookies" aroma emanates from the roux.
  5. Add chicken stock to this and stir.
  6. Add buttermilk and stir.
  7. Add ½ & ½ and stir.
  8. Add cheese strips slowly, stirring and allowing melt in between additions.
  9. Add Parmesan.
  10. Pour cheese sauce over drained macaroni elbows.
  11. Place in 9x13 casserole dish--pretreated with no-stick cooking spray if desired.
  12. Head back to the stovetop. Melt an additional 2-3 TBSP. butter, and remove from heat.
  13. Mix in both types of breadcrumbs to the melted butter, and sprinkle on top of macaroni.
  14. Cook in oven preheated to 350 for 30 minutes. Let sit for about 5 minutes, plate and serve!

Add Some Healthy Veggies, an Appetite and You Are Good to Go!!

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Hi Silvia--LOL--Buttermilk is my secret velvet. Pretty much any recipe that calls for cream or milk, I like to splash some buttermilk in too, and get a nice complexity that's subtle even so. Hope your day is and weekend are great. :)

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Thank you, Katherine. Yep, mac-n-cheese is like pizza. A crowd pleaser...and so easy to make. Have a great day. :)

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      You can't go wrong with Swiss Cheese and ham. There are so many combination possibilities, andthe best part of course--the results. I will have to try the swiss cheese! I never have...:)

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan!

      Now if it would just come over and make itself...:) That would be a REAL comfort food! Thank you for your kind words, Chitrangada. I have a smile as curly as a noodle on my face! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks so tempting and delicious!

      I like the way, you have explained each and every step with pictures. So convenient for anyone who wants to try the recipe--Me, for sure!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I never tried this recipe with buttermilk! For me this recipe is a souvenir of boarding school.... and I remember that I loved that one! I prepare this dish with cubes of smoked ham and Swiss cheese.... and bread crumbs on top. Nothing like this dish as comfort food :-)

      The nutritional value of this dish is mainly in the salad on the side ;-)

      Have a great day, Charron!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I think most anyone loves mac and cheese! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us, and have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I've never tried making this with buttermilk, but I will definitely try this recipe next time. Thanks!