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Homemade Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Homemade Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

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Indulge yourself and company with this homemade creamy baked mac and cheese recipe

Homemade Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese Ingredients

  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta
  •  4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 cups whole milk
  • 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 6-8 cups of your favorite cheese – we used:
    • 2-3 cups of freshly shredded smoked gouda (not aged)
    • 1 cup of freshly shredded mozzarella
    • 3-4 cups of a white cheddar and Monterey Jack blend 
    • 6 slices of your favorite cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika (or paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Homemade Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese Directions

Cooking the pasta

  • Generously fill a medium-large pot with water and several pinches of salt, bring to a rapid boil 
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cover
    • Look at the recommended cooking time on your box – cook pasta 1-2 minutes under the suggested al dente cooking time (it will finish cooking in the oven)
  • Once pasta is slightly under al dente, drain with a strainer and rinse pasta with cold water – set aside while making cheese sauce

Making the roux and cheese sauce

  • In a separate large pot, add 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat and melt
  • Once butter is melted, gradually add 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, continuously whisk
    • Cook for approximately 1 minute, or until texture is silky-smooth
  • Slowly pour in 2.5 cups of chilled whole milk, continue to whisk
  • Pour in 1.5 cups of chilled heavy cream, continue to whisk
  • Add spices (paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper), continue whisking over medium heat until mixture slightly thickens, then remove from heat
  • Gradually add shredded cheese, continuously stir while cheese melts
    • We add 1.5-2 cups at a time – cheese sauce will thicken; 6-7 cups in total – set aside remaining cheese

Assembling and baking the mac and cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Transfer drained pasta from strainer into large pot of cheese sauce, mix well
  • Carefully pour half of the mac and cheese into a large oven-safe pan, spread evenly on bottom layer
  • Add more of the set aside shredded cheese on top of the bottom layer of mac and cheese
  • Carefully add remaining mac and cheese, spread evenly
  • Top the pan of mac and cheese with remaining shredded cheese and slices of your favorite cheese, wait for oven to reach temperature before adding pan
  • Once oven reaches temperature, transfer pan of mac and cheese to middle rack, bake for 15-25 minutes, or until top becomes crispy and golden-brown
    • Tip: If you like your baked mac and cheese extra crispy (the R&R way), broil on low for the remaining 1-3 minutes – be sure to check frequently to prevent burning!
  • Remove mac and cheese from oven, let cool, and serve to enjoy! 

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Homemade Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Homemade Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Recipe by Reviews and Recipes
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Course: Dinner, SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8+

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

R&R’s homemade creamy baked mac and cheese

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Cavatappi pasta

  • 4 tbsp butter, unsalted

  • 2.5 c milk, whole

  • 1.5 c heavy whipping cream

  • 6-8 c of your favorite cheeses (we used smoked gouda, fresh mozzarella, white cheddar, and Monterey Jack)

  • 6-8 slices of your favorite cheese (for the top)

  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder

  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Generously fill a medium-large pot with water and several pinches of salt, bring to a rapid boil 
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cover. Look at the recommended cooking time on your box – cook pasta 1-2 minutes under the suggested al dente cooking time (it will finish cooking in the oven)
  • Once pasta is slightly under al dente, drain with a strainer and rinse pasta with cold water – set aside while making cheese sauce
  • Making the roux and cheese sauce
  • In a separate large pot, add 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat and melt
  • Once butter is melted, gradually add 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, continuously whisk. Cook for approximately 1 minute, or until texture is silky-smooth
  • Slowly pour in 2.5 cups of chilled whole milk, continue to whisk
  • Pour in 1.5 cups of chilled heavy cream, continue to whisk
  • Add spices (paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper), continue whisking over medium heat until mixture slightly thickens, then remove from heat
  • Gradually add shredded cheese, continuously stir while cheese melts. We add 1.5-2 cups at a time – cheese sauce will thicken; 6-7 cups in total – set aside remaining cheese
  • Assembling and baking the mac and cheese
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Transfer drained pasta from strainer into large pot of cheese sauce, mix well
  • Carefully pour half of the mac and cheese into a large oven-safe pan, spread evenly on bottom layer
  • Add more of the set aside shredded cheese on top of the bottom layer of mac and cheese
  • Carefully add remaining mac and cheese, spread evenly
  • Top the pan of mac and cheese with remaining shredded cheese and slices of your favorite cheese, wait for oven to reach temperature before adding pan
  • Once oven reaches temperature, transfer pan of mac and cheese to middle rack, bake for 15-25 minutes, or until top becomes crispy and golden-brown.
    Tip: If you like it extra crispy (the R&R way), broil on low for the remaining 1-3 minutes – be sure to check frequently to prevent burning!
  • Remove mac and cheese from oven, let cool, and serve to enjoy!