Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 8 servings

Description

Serve up an old favorite with a flavorful twist tonight! A few special ingredients added to this classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish makes it absolutely irresistible!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mild ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups grated sharp, white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

PREHEAT the oven to 400° F. Butter 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

MELT butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions; cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in flour; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture turns light brown, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in evaporated milk, salt, black pepper, paprika and nutmeg. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add macaroni and stir until thoroughly coated. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown. Garnish with parsley, as desired.

pumpkin power

by l. lisa , Salem, MA on May. 2010

I added a can of libby's pumpkin to this mac and cheese recipe. The pumpkin made it nice and moist and nobody said it tasted different.

good

by n. nancy , Willow Hill, IL on Feb. 2010

this was good and creamy

A little dry

by L. Lisa , Gulfport, MS on Nov. 2009

I added some crab meat to this recipe which gave it a nice flavor, but I found the final product to be a little dry. Next time I will bake it at a lower temperature, then it will be perfect!

So Satisfying

by S. Sandie , Wildomar, CA on Apr. 2009

I have a family of seven, so this recipe needed to be increased. I served it with a spinich salad and warm homemade bread. On a chilly evening, it was perfect for even my picky eater.

MACARONI &CHEESE

by R. ROSE , Bessemer City, NC on Apr. 2009

THIS WAS VERY SIMPLE AND EASY TO MAKE.I LEFT OUT THE NUTMEG AND IT TASTED GREAT. LOVED THE TEXTURE

ed Macaroni and Cheese

by P. Paula , Cassadaga, NY on Apr. 2009

Had high expectations -- especially after I stirred the cooked pasta into the cheese sauce. After baking is was quite bland and could have used only 1/2 of the bread crumbs. I'll keep looking for a "keeper" mac and cheese recipe...

Yummy Mac & Cheese

by J. Jennifer , Somersworth, NH on Apr. 2009

This was fantastic!! I love homemade macaroni and cheese and this was one of the best. I don't like onions so I omitted that but added 1/2 cup more shredded cheddar cheese. It was beyond delish! I can't wait to make this for the next family gathering.

O.K.

by F. Faye , Port Clinton, OH on Apr. 2009

IT IS REALLY GOOD BUT I ALWAYS ADD SOME COLOR WITH RED, GREEN, YELLOW, OR PURPLE PEPPERS...ALSO ADD SOME TOFU TO IT AND WATCH AND TASTE HOW IT'S PUMPED UP!

Excellent recipe!

by J. Jan , Blytheville, AR on Apr. 2009

Mancaroni & Cheese has always been a "comfort food" to me. I like the variations & try any recipe I find. This one is excellent....a real keeper.

YUM

by C. Cindy , Kaoshiung, TN on Feb. 2009

Such A GREAT TASTE! An easy and excellent dish. It is easy to made.