Monday, March 28, 2011

Baked Macaroni & Cheese


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped (I just use onion flakes)
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs, or more as needed (I just smashed up the yummy focaccia croutons from Costco.)


  1. Fill a pan with lightly salted water, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the chopped onion for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Whisk in the flour, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook and stir the butter, onion and flour for 2 to 3 minutes to make a roux, and remove from the heat. Whisk in the milk a little at a time, stirring constantly, until all the milk has been incorporated, and return to low heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and cook over low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, to finish cooking the flour.
  4. Temper the egg (whisk it in a separate bowl and slowly add 3/4 cup of the flour mixture to the egg mixture - then add back to the flour mixture) 
  5. Whisk in the Cheddar cheese, a few cubes at a time, until all the cheese has been incorporated and the sauce is hot and smooth.
  6. Pour the macaroni into the cheese sauce, and stir to combine. Stir, salt, and pepper.
  7. Spoon the macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top. Bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crumbs are brown and the casserole is bubbling. Let stand for 15 minutes after baking, to set before serving.

This is one of our, not so healthy, comfort foods.  Delightful! 

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