eats

baked mac & cheese

Christmas is in TWO days!

Each time this year, I pray and meditate on the word Emmanuel. Emmanuel means “God with us.” It brings me such great hope and comfort to know that Jesus is right with us every day. I love togetherness – with Jesus, with my family, and with my friends. And when my family is together, there is always food.

Tonight, we celebrated Christmas a little early. While planning the menu, my grandmother and I thought hard about putting together a menu that everyone would love. Mac & cheese was one of my first suggestions. This dish is a crowd pleaser. The noodles are covered with gooey cheese sauce topped with crispy breadcrumbs. So, if you’re family needs one last dish to add to your holiday menu, this easy and creamy mac & cheese is for you!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 16 oz shredded cheese (I use a mix of various cheddars and Monterey Jack cheeses)
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 12 oz dry whole wheat elbow pasta (about 3/4 of a box)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a medium-to-large saucepan. Once the water reaches a boil, add in the dry pasta and follow the cooking directions on the box. Set aside for the time being.
  2. In a very large, nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Slowly add the flour while whisking constantly, let the butter and flour mixture turn a light golden brown. Then add the milk, slowly. Add in the mayonnaise.
  4. Continue to whisk. The mixture should be thick. Begin to add your shredded cheese while continuing to whisk.
  5. Add in the seasonings. Turn the heat down to low.
  6. Now that your cheese sauce and your noodles are all done, mix them together in the large skillet. Make sure every noodle is coated thoroughly.
  7. Grease an 8″x8″ Pyrex or Corningware, then pour in the mac & cheese mixture. Sprinkle the top of the mac & cheese with the extra cheese and the breadcrumbs.
  8. Stick the mac & cheese in a preheated 350’F oven for 30 min. After it has crisped up, let it sit for 7-10 minutes before digging in!

 

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Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

 

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