I think I’ve gone overboard. In the best way though! This by far the cheesiest Mac and Cheese I’ve ever had! I mean, doesn’t your teeth ache just looking at all of the cheese in the photo?? I managed to retain that creamy texture too. If you can’t already tell, I’m damn proud of this ooey gooey goodness!
I love boiling the elbow macaroni in chicken broth. It adds a ton of flavor. It almost taste like the mac and cheese contains meat. It helps reduce the amount of seasoning you have to add later on.
I never ever rinse pasta. I always stir in a small amount of butter. This stops the cooking process. Yes, sometimes food will continue to “cook” even after being removed from heat.
I use a total of 5 different cheeses in this recipe. Feel free to use your favorites. I add in half of the cheese while the mac and cheese is cooking over the burner. Then, I sprinkle on the rest over the top in the casserole dish.
Look at that crisp cheese pull! The topping is not too crunchy, it’s just right! The perfect coverage for that creamy, cheesy stuff underneath. If you like a brown, almost burnt, looking topping, just leave it in the oven until it reaches the desired look.
I have to warn you. One spoon of this is at least 3,000 calories. So, I recommend eating it at the gym.
The Great Mac & Cheese debate has worked my dang nerves! “I like it dry!” “Creamy!” “American cheese has to be in it!” “No processed cheese!!” If y’all don’t sit down somewhere! Goodness! It’s MACARONI AND CHEESE! I understand that everyone has their individual tastes. But, you’ll never know what you like if you only try it one way. I make this stuff all kinds of different ways, using all kinds of different cheeses! However, I tried my BEST to come up with a Baked Mac and Cheese recipe that would meet in the middle. And, I really believe this recipe will please even the pickiest of eaters. I PRAY!
As stated above, everyone has their own preference of cheeses to use. And you are free to use whatever floats your cheesy boat. That line was cheesy, Coop. Whatever. My only pet peeve with cheese is using that pre-packaged cheese! No shade, but SHADE! Go to the deli, buy a small block of cheese, and shred that bad boy yourself. I know it’s time consuming. But, it makes a huge difference in the flavor and quality of your mac and cheese!
Now, let’s talk baking time. If you prefer a drier, browner mac and cheese, then jack the heat up to 400 degrees F. Or you can just leave it in the oven for a longer time than I did. My recipe will yield a pan of mac and cheese that’s stiff and slightly browned on the top with a creamy, bubbly center. So, just adjust it to your preference, babe!
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