Baked Macaroni and Cheese is a creamy, cheesy comfort food. Serve it with a salad or vegetables to make a complete meal. It freeze wells and warms up nicely. I freeze individual slices in foil, then in a freezer bag.
My mother made Baked Macaroni and Cheese a good bit when I was growing up. I never tasted the mac and cheese stove top box mix until after I was an adult. I prefer the homemade baked Macaroni and Cheese.
Mom always used Colby Longhorn Cheese in her Macaroni and Cheese. She didn't like a lot of cheeses but loved Colby Longhorn. So, when making a dish that called for cheese, she usually used Colby Longhorn. You can use Cheddar cheese or a cheese blend, if you prefer.
My Mother was also very particular about her pasta. She only liked Mueller's Pasta and only elbow macaroni, angel hair pasta or lasagna noodles. Occasionally egg noodles, too. I've discovered that I'm not a big fan of pasta dishes either. I was well into my adult years before I realized it. When going out to dinner with friends to Italian restaurants, I would look for the shrimp dishes, eat the shrimp and very little of the pasta. It was many years before it hit me that pasta wasn't my favorite thing. I'm not the sharpest tack in the box at times! lol
I hope you enjoy the Baked Macaroni and Cheese!
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
- 16 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 4 cups milk
- 8 ounces Colby Longhorn Cheese About two cups shredded.
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Lightly grease a 13x9 baking pan. Set aside.
- Prepare the elbow macaroni according to the package direction. Don't forget to add salt after the water starts to boil.
- While the macaroni is cooking, shred the cheese and set aside.
- In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Stir in the salt, pepper and flour. The mixture will be pasty.
- Gradually stir in the milk.
- Stirring frequently, cook until the mixture is thickened. This step could take 20-30 minutes.
- Remove the milk mixture from the heat then add 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.
- Once the macaroni is done, drain it then add it to the cheese mixture. Stir until the macaroni is coated.
- Pour the macaroni in the prepared baking dish.
- Top with the remaining cheese.
- My mother always peppered the top before putting into the oven, so you can add more pepper at this step, if you'd like to do so.
- Bake in a preheated oven, uncovered, for about 30-minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for about 10-minutes.
- Serve hot.