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Two Delicious Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Updated on May 18, 2007

One of my all-time favorite comfort foods is macaroni and cheese. And I'm not talking about the kind that comes out of the blue box. Homemade baked macaroni and cheese doesn't take much more effort to make than the stuff you find on the grocery store shelves, but it's so much more satisfying!

The first recipe is delicious straight out of the pot, so you can certainly skip the breadcrumbs and skip the baking if you are craving something extra cheesy and extra creamy. But the sauce is really thick and creamy and the dish does not dry in the oven, which I find happens with a lot of baked mac & cheese recipes. When I make this I use Panko for the breadcrumbs because I really like the crunch they give, but Italian seasoned breadcrumbs would be a little more flavorful.

Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1/2 cup butter, cubed

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 3/4 cups milk

1 cup (8 oz) sour cream

4 oz. processed American cheese (Velveeta)

4 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

2 cups (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup bread crumbs

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and stir until all lumps have dissolved. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Reduce heat; stir in the sour cream, processed cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until cheeses have melted. Gradually add cheddar cheese, and stir until cheese has melted and sauce is smooth.

Drain macaroni and add to sauce and mix well. Transfer to a greased 3-quart baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle breadcrumbs over top. Return to oven for another 10 minutes until browned.

The second recipe is similar, but I find it has a more refined taste. For years this has been my not-so-secret recipe - one that has been requested by many people and happily shared!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1 Tbsp. melted butter

1/4 C. breadcrumbs

1 1/4 C. whole milk

8 oz. cream cheese

1 lb. (4 C.) grated white cheddar

8 oz. elbow macaroni

1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Butter a 13 x 9 dish. In a small bowl, toss melted butter with breadcrumbs and 1/4 c. cheddar.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni according to package; drain.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low; add cream cheese, cut into cubes, stir until melted (abt. 2 min). Gradually stir in remaining cheddar until melted (abt. 5 min.) Add cooked pasta, salt and pepper; toss to combine.

Pour mixture into baking dish. Bake until bubbling, 10 min. Remove from oven; sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture. Bake until golden, 10 min. more.

Just add a tossed salad and you have a hearty meal that just might throw you back to your childhood!


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      N1nasmom 7 years ago

      Made the first one for a friend's potluck style party and it was an instant hit. There was none left by the end of the night and it got a big thumbs up from the hostess's husband, a notorious foodie and soul food snob. I'm keeping this recipe close and using it often!

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      Sky 7 years ago

      Made the first one && it was amazing,, would def be a fav in my home :]. THX

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      andio 7 years ago

      I wanted something a little different. I guess I made it more like a casserole. I used Broccoli cheese soup instead of the sour cream , and no parmesan(figured it might clash with the broccoli and cheese soup ),every thing else to recipe and added some ham. Yums. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try the second recipe!

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      koreanmv8 7 years ago

      i love this recipe..

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      Lisanne 8 years ago

      You know how much I love that baked mac and cheese! :) I'm making it for Meredith's birthday party this Saturday (but using shells to go with the turtle theme, LOL!).

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      Randy 9 years ago

      I am looking for a receipe for a dish that my mom made years ago. It had layers. Browned and drained ground beef, english peas, tomatoes, spaghetti, and cheese. I can not find anything like it. it was a one-dish meal.

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      cindy 9 years ago

      good thanks for the recipe

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      Brian Brinkley 10 years ago

      I made the second mac & cheese recipe tonight, it seems to me that with the large quantity of cheese sauce that this recipe yeilds, you could easily up the amount of pasta in the recipe. Itj's very tasty, the cream cheese makes the difference.

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      Sarah 10 years ago

      I guess the only thing that i saw difficult with looking for a recipe like this is the fact that i didn't know how much it would serve.

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      Patricia Percoco 10 years ago

      Made the first recipe and it was delicious. If you prepare all the cheeses and condiments prior to boiling macaroni it is easier. When it says a large sauce pan it means it. I doubled the recipe and added chopped tomatoes. It was enough for 8 people and a lot of left overs (I could have fed many more adults). The final result was a tasty M&C that everybody loved. Diffently a comfort food worth the time and effort of making.

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      Carol Bancroft 10 years ago

      What recipe are you looking for? Let me know and I'll do my best to find something!

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      corped 10 years ago

      You don't have the recipe that i want. please get more recipie's in. thankyou