Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is a classic comfort food for a reason. But what keeps it interesting is all the variations of mac and cheese. This recipe is packed with flavor and extra cheesy. It's baked to get a crusty cheese topping which is the best part. You'll love this Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese recipe as much as I have.
Lodge Dutch Oven
1 Pound Dried Pasta Elbows or Cavatappi preferred ½ Cup Butter ½ Cup Flour 1 ½ Cups Milk 2 Cups Half and Half Salt Pepper 1 Tsp Paprika 1 Tsp Ground Mustard 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar 1 Cup Cheddar Jack 2 Cups Cheddar Reserved for topping Chives Optional Bacon Optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Cook pasta per package instructions until al dente. Set aside. In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir together until fully incorporated. Cook roux until flour is cooked through and it has a slight nutty aroma. Slowly add milk to roux mixture, whisking together so that it is smooth and fully blended together. Add is half and half. Add in seasonings and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in cheese and stir until fully incorporated. Let simmer for several minutes until sauce thickens. Add pasta to the sauce mixture and adjust seasoning as desired. Place mac and cheese in an ovenproof baking dish. Spread grated cheddar cheese evenly on top of pasta. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbling at sides and cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 978 kcal Carbohydrates: 72 g Protein: 39 g Fat: 59 g Saturated Fat: 37 g Cholesterol: 175 mg Sodium: 784 mg Potassium: 466 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 6 g Vitamin A: 1989 IU Vitamin C: 1 mg Calcium: 853 mg Iron: 2 mg