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Cheesy Mac and Cheese

15 mins

Makes 8-10 servings.

What you are creating

Macaroni and cheese is a staple in most families. This recipe is kid tested and sure to become a favorite!

We use three different kinds of cheese and top it off with crushed Ritz crackers coated in butter to add a crispy bite to our favorite dish.

This crowd pleasing recipe will feed plenty of cheese lovers at your next gathering!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Cook the pasta two minutes less than al dente as directed on the package instruction.

  3. Lightly coat a 4 quart baking dish with butter.

  4. Combine the cheddar cheeses in a separate dish.

  5. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a deep saucepan.

  6. Whisk in flour over medium heat and continue whisking for about 1 minute until bubbly and golden.

  7. Gradually add milk and whisk until smooth and bubbly. Continue whisking and cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

  8. Add 3 cups of the shredded cheeses and whisk until creamy and smooth.

  9. Toss the cooled pasta with the Parmesan cheese and place in casserole dish.

  10. Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni. Top with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese.

  11. Melt 1/2 cup butter and combine with Ritz cracker crumbs.

  12. Sprinkle the cracker mixture over the top and bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Ingredients
  • 16 ounces any shape pasta

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 8 tablespoons  flour

  • 4 cups  milk

  • 2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese

  • 1 cups graded Parmesan cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 1/2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed

  • 1/2 cup butter melted

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A note about ingredients used in our recipes:

When creating our recipes we use the following unless otherwise noted in the recipe:

  • Eggs = Large Eggs

  • All Purpose Flour = Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour or Unbleached All Purpose King Arthur Flour Organic

  • Bread Flour = Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour or Unbleached King Arthur Bread Flour Organic

  • Whole Wheat Flour = 100% Whole Grain King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour

  • Pastry Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour 

  • Almond Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour 

  • Tapioca Flour = Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch)

  • Sour Cream = Full Fat Sour Cream

  • Yogurt = Full Fat Yogurt

  • Milk = As indicated or if Milk is just listed you may use 1%, 2% or Whole Milk

  • Butter = Unsalted Sweet Cream butter unless otherwise noted


Tags:

Quick Side Dishes, Mac and Cheese, Cheesy Mac, Macaroni and Cheese

Categories:

Pasta

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