The best baked mac and cheese recipe I’ve ever made is right here! Made with three different kinds of cheese and completely from scratch, this is the ultimate, homemade comfort food. Made without Velveeta, this macaroni and cheese is rich, creamy, and seasoned with punchy creole spices (not spicy!).
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: baking, comfort food, meal, pasta, Side Dish
½cupMozzarella Cheesegrated (about half of an 8-ounce block of cheese)
1cupSharp Cheddar Cheesegrated (about half of an 8-ounce block of cheese)
1cupColby Jack Cheesegrated (about half of an 8-ounce block of cheese)
½tsp.Ground black pepper
1cupMozzarella and Coby Jack cheeseshredded (for topping)
[mv_schema_meta name="Cook the Pasta"] Cook pasta “al dente”. Drain. Set aside.
[mv_schema_meta name="Make the Roux and Cheese Sauce"]Over medium heat, add the butter to a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven and melt.
When the butter has melted, whisk in the flour about a tablespoon at a time - whisking constantly! You may need to reduce the heat slightly to prevent the flour and butter from burning. Continue cooking for about 1 minute, constantly whisking.
To the pot, slowly add in the evaporated milk in a steady stream, constantly whisking. Follow with the half and half, still whisking all the while. Gently simmer until the mixture begins to thicken.
Add in the seasonings (onion powder, garlic powder, creole seasoning, and cayenne), and stir to combine.
Stir in the cheeses (reserving the 1 cup for topping) and stir until well-combined and melted. The mixture should be silky smooth.
[mv_schema_meta name="Combine the pasta and cheese sauce"]Then, add the cooked pasta to the pot. Stir to combine.
Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased 3-quart baking dish, and top with the remaining cheese.
[mv_schema_meta name="Bake the Mac and Cheese"]Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes uncovered or until gold and bubbly.
If desired, broil on low for 1-3 minutes for additional color and crispiness on top.
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