Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese — Creamy, Cheesy, Crunchy Comfort Food

With Thanksgiving around the corner and the cool weather settling in to stay for awhile, I figured it was time to post my favorite recipe – baked macaroni! People of all ages and from all walks of life love a good macaroni and cheese. I know our Thanksgiving table goes without it. Some people think that making good baked mac and cheese is complicated. Truth is, nothing could be simpler. Are you ready to try it?

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese (Serves 8)
You Will Need:

1 lb large elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp dry mustard
2 cups milk
1/2 lb shredded cheddar
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese cut into cubes

Salt and pepper
2 tsp melted butter
3/4 cups breadcrumbs
garlic powder (optional)
onion powder (optional)
  1. Step 1:
    Begin boiling water for noodles. Preheat oven to 375° F  While water is coming to a boil, go ahead and get your other ingredients in order. Cube the Velveeta. Put the flour and mustard into one bowl. When you begin the cheese sauce you will want everything close at hand so as not to stop stirring. You can also go ahead prepare the breadcrumb topping by combining the breadcrumbs and melted butter in a bowl.
  2. Step 2:

    Add noodles to boiling water and cook according to directions on the package. Drain noodles and toss with pat of butter. Heat 1/4 cup of butter in medium saucepan. Add flour and mustard and stir briskly until a paste is formed. Add milk and bring to a boil but continue stirring. Once the milk has begun to boil, add Velveeta and shredded cheese. Make sure to stir well and break up any clumps.

  3. Step 3:

    Add cheese sauce to large bowl of noodles and mix in thoroughly. Season with a two shakes of salt and three shakes ( full twists) of pepper or any other seasonings you may want to throw in and stir again. Then place macaroni in a buttered large casserole dish. If you have extra cheese, you may choose to do a thin layer of cheese between two layers of macaroni. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top and bake uncovered 25-30 minutes or until breadcrumb is golden brown. 

What I love about this macaroni is that it is really easy but tastes like it requires a lot. You may even experiment with adding grated onion or bits of ham or bacon (mmmm, bacon). We had ours with pork chops and greens this particular night but his is a great addition to the Thanksgiving table as well. Wow your friends and fam with a delicious macaroni and cheese made from the heart. 
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