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Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Decades ago every good homemaker had a favorite old fashioned macaroni and cheese recipe. In the days before boxed macaroni and cheese mixes and powdered cheese food product, the real thing was filling, creamy, and comforting.
While the boxed versions are technically quicker, and arguably inexpensive, there is just nothing like real, creamy macaroni and cheese on a blustery autumn day. You may remember it with a variety of cheeses, with crumbs on top, or made in a loaf pan and sliced . However you crave mac and cheese, one of these recipes should quell the most insistent craving and whisk you off to a retro kitchen, at least in your mind.
Tips for Perfect Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
There are no real tricks to it but a couple of tips might help you produce a casserole dish of macaroni and cheese that a 1950s sit-com mom would be proud of.
Overcook the macaroni slightly. Not to mushiness but cooked well past the a la dente stage.
Use a sharp cheddar
Do not scrimp on the fat. Low fat macaroni and cheese is not what it's about, here.
If you are going to use bread crumbs to top your mac n cheese use Panko. They stay crispier.
Use organic ingredients for the best results. All the fillers and fake foods are not good for you.
If you make it in a clear glass casserole dish you can judge the level of the milk better.
For a truly retro presentation make it in a loaf pan, let it cool and slice. Warm it back up.
If you find a recipe is too dry add more milk as needed. This is where it is nice to have a glass pan. My grandmother's recipe called for the milk to come a little over halfway up the sides of the pan.
Evaporated milk will make a creamier dish
You can make any of thes crockpot macaroni and cheese recipes by cooking in a crockpot on low for four to six hours. Add a bit more milk.
Basic Macaroni and Cheese
This is the basic version every mom had
in her cookbook. Serves 6
2 cups dry macaroni, cooked until tender and drained.
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups cubed sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon mustard powder
2 ¼ cup whole milk, scalded OR 2 cans evaporated milk
Grease a casserole with butter and set it aside.
Preheat oven to 350F
Put a layer of the macaroni in the pan
Sprinkle with a layer of the cheese
Sprinkle with salt and mustard
Repeat layers, ending with macaroni. Sprinkle generously with pepper
Pour milk over all and bake for 30 minutes
*Variation, try using Swiss cheese in place of cheddar.
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Supreme
½ lb elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon of pepper
2 cups half and half cream (light cream)
2 tablespoons choped parsley
¼ cup pimento
2 cups shredded cheese
1 cup Panko crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350F
Melt butter and sauté the onion in it.
Add flour salt and pepper and mix well
Stir in half and half
Cook until smooth and thickened
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until smooth
Mix with macaroni and spoon into casserole dish
Sprinkle Panko on top and bake for 30 minutes
You can add any of the following with great results
Cooked, crumbled bacon
Hamburger, browned and seasoned
Sauteed green peppers
8 oz of cubed cream cheese can be mixed into the sauce