Ultimate Comfort Delight: Heavenly Homemade Mac & Cheese

1. Introduction

Are you craving a dish that wraps you in comfort with every bite? Look no further than this Heavenly Homemade Mac & Cheese! A classic favorite, this dish combines creamy cheese, tender pasta, and a golden crust to create a symphony of flavors. Perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or when you need a little comfort, this mac & cheese is sure to be a hit. With simple ingredients and easy steps, it’s an ideal recipe for both beginners and experienced cooks. So, let’s embark on this culinary journey and whip up a dish that’ll make your taste buds dance with joy!

2. Ingredients

  • 12 oz dry macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream (about 10-12% MF)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can condensed cream of cheddar soup (optional, 10.75 oz)
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese

3. & 4. Directions & How to Prepare

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni as per package directions. Then, drain and run under cold water.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  5. Gradually whisk in cream, milk, mustard powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring until the mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan and 3 cups of cheddar until melted. Add soup if desired.
  7. Toss the cheese sauce with the macaroni noodles.
  8. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Top with the remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 18-24 minutes or until bubbly. Remember, do not overcook.

5. Preparation Time

  • Total Time: Approximately 40 minutes
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 25 minutes

6. Servings

This recipe yields about 8 hearty servings.

7. FAQs

  • Can I use different types of cheese? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cheese blends for varied flavors.
  • Can I make it gluten-free? Yes, use gluten-free macaroni and flour.
  • How do I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Can I add extras? Of course! Bacon, broccoli, or jalapeños make great additions.
  • Is it freezer-friendly? Yes, freeze in airtight containers for up to 2 months.

8. Conclusion

This Heavenly Homemade Mac & Cheese recipe isn’t just a dish; it’s a warm hug on a plate. With its creamy texture, rich flavor, and crispy golden top, it’s the epitome of comfort food. Ideal for any occasion, it’s a versatile dish that can be tailored to suit your taste buds. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a special gathering, this mac & cheese will be the star of the table. So, tie on your apron, and let’s create some delicious memories!