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CREAMY BAKED MAC AND CHEESE

 CREAMY BAKED MAC AND CHEESE




Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe Ingredients

Prepare yourself for a delicious cooking adventure with this convenient table sheet format listing all the ingredients required to make Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese:

INGREDIENTSQUANTITY
Elbow Macaroni12 ounces
Unsalted Butter1/4 cup
All-Purpose Flour1/4 cup
Whole Milk3 cups
Heavy Cream1 cup
Dijon Mustard1 tablespoon
Salt1 teaspoon
Black Pepper1/2 teaspoon
Garlic Powder1/2 teaspoon
Shredded Cheddar Cheese2 1/2 cups
Shredded Gouda Cheese1 cup
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese1 cup
Breadcrumbs1 cup
Grated Parmesan Cheese1/2 cup
Fresh Parsley (chopped)For garnish

Instructions:

Now that you have all the ingredients at your fingertips, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of creating this delightful Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese:

1. Cooking the Macaroni:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the cooked macaroni and set it aside.

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2. Preparing the Cheese Sauce:

In a separate large saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over medium heat. Stir in the all-purpose flour and cook for about 1 minute, creating a roux.

3. Adding the Dairy:

Gradually whisk in the whole milk and heavy cream, ensuring there are no lumps. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it thickens and comes to a simmer.

4. Seasoning the Sauce:

Stir in the Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Allow the sauce to simmer for an additional 2 minutes, ensuring the flavors are well incorporated.

5. Adding the Cheeses:

Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the shredded cheddar, gouda, and mozzarella cheeses. Stir the mixture until the cheeses are fully melted and the sauce becomes smooth and creamy.

6. Combining the Cheese Sauce and Macaroni:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked macaroni and the cheese sauce, ensuring all the macaroni is evenly coated.

7. Assembling and Baking:

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and transfer the macaroni mixture into it, spreading it out evenly.

8. Topping with Breadcrumbs and Parmesan:

In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the macaroni.

9. Baking to Perfection:

Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake the mac and cheese for 25-30 minutes or until the top becomes golden and crispy.

10. Garnishing and Serving:

Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Garnish the Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese with freshly chopped parsley before serving.

Expert Tips for Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese:

  • For added flavor, you can mix in some cooked bacon or diced ham into the macaroni and cheese.
  • Experiment with different cheese combinations to create your own unique flavor profile.


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