This Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe is a family favorite of ours. It is simple to make, super creamy, and tastes amazing. You’ll never reach for that blue box again!
Start off by preheating your oven to 350 F. Then, cook 1 box of macaroni according to package directions. Then pour drained, cooked pasta in casserole dish.
In large pot melt 2 tablespoon butter until it melts; add in diced jalapeno (if you like it a little zesty like we do) and then stir in 2 tablespoon flour and cook over medium heat until it slights to ever so slightly brown.
Whisk in 3 cups milk, Stirring often as it will start to thicken somewhat. As you wait stir in 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 egg (beaten).
Finally add the 2 cups cheddar cheese stirring until well combined. Now pour mixture over cooked pasta and stir to combine.
Now mix together 1/2 cup crushed, seasoned croutons and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over mac and cheese.
Cook for just 10 minutes for a creamier mac and cheese or 30 minutes for a more casserole / baked consistency.
HINT: To toast the top like we did just pull of the foil and broil the top for a couple minutes before serving.
Here is the best ever Mac and Cheese pulled straight out of the oven!
You are ready to serve up a classic, yummy dish without all the extra fat and preservatives! YUMMY!
This Best Ever Mac and Cheese Recipe is a family favorite of ours. It is simple to make, super creamy, and tastes amazing. You'll never reach for that blue box again!
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: family, kid favorite, mac and cheese, maccaroni, pasta
Author: Beth Gorden
1boxmacaroni, cooked al dente
2tablespoonsall purpose flour
2cupsCheddar cheese, shredded
1/4cupParmesan cheese, shredded
1/2cupseasoned croutons, crushed
Preheat oven to 350 F. Put cooked macaroni in casserole dish. Heat water and butter until butter melts (we zap in the microwave for about 30 seconds). Add hot mixture, milk, salt, mustard, nutmeg, and egg in a bowl and pour it over the cooked macaroni. Top with cheddar and jalapenos. Stir to combine. Sprinkle crushed croutons and Parmesan cheese over the top of the macaroni and cook 35-45 minutes or until set and light golden on the top.
Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activites and FREE printables: www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com