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Baked Mac ‘N Cheese | Easy Homemade Comfort Food

This Easy Homemade Baked Mac ‘N Cheese is the ultimate comfort food recipe! A real crowd-pleaser that’ll have everyone wanting seconds.

easy homemade baked mac 'n cheese

Easy Homemade Baked Mac ‘N Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a classic, feel-good meal that everyone loves. Creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-comforting, it’s a go-to favourite for both kids and adults alike. If you’ve ever wanted to take your mac ‘n cheese game to the next level, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make a crowd-pleasing and super easy homemade baked mac ‘n cheese that will have your family and friends asking for seconds.

The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing Cheese Sauce

Here’s the ultimate cheese sauce! If you’re in the mood for quick KD-style macaroni, just skip the baking, fully cook the pasta (no need for al-dente), and forget about the breadcrumb topping. It’s a cozy 10-minute meal that’s bound to impress.

Easy Homemade Baked Mac 'N Cheese | Crowd-Pleasing Comfort Food

Ingredients for Baked Mac ‘N Cheese

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a quick look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious baked mac ‘n cheese:

For the Mac ‘N Cheese:

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cup milk (2%)
  • 1/2 cup cream (half & half or whipping)
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (any kind, my favourite is mostly cheddar and 1/4 cup pamesan)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

For The Topping:

  • 1.5 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese

Mac ‘N Cheese Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9″ baking dish.

Step 2: Cook the Macaroni

In a pot of boiling water, cook the macaroni until it’s al dente. Drain and set it aside. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir to evenly coat the macaroni.

Step 3: Prepare the Cheese Sauce

Begin by melting butter in a pot over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the flour and whisk until it becomes smooth.

Butter melting in pot
Flour added to butter in pot
Whisk flour with butter to make mac n cheese sauce

Gradually pour in the milk and cream, whisking continuously to ensure a well-blended mixture. Allow the mixture to simmer until it thickens, which should take approximately 5 minutes. Be sure to whisk frequently during this process.

Slowly incorporate the shredded cheese, stirring until it’s fully combined. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Add milk and cream to pot
Whisk until milk and cream thickens
Mix into shredded cheese to make mac n cheese sauce

Step 4: Mix Pasta With Sauce

Now add pasta to the cheese sauce and mix until combined. Pour into greased baking dish.

Easy cheese sauce ready to mix with macaroni pasta
KD Style macaroni and cheese sauce ready in 10 minutes

Step 5: Prepare Topping

Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and melted butter in a bowl. Mix them together, and then spread a thin layer over the macaroni.

make breadcrumb topping by adding breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and melted butter to a bowl, and mix to combine
add breadcrumb topping to casserole dish on top of pasta

Step 6: Bake Mac ‘N Cheese

Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until the breadcrumb topping turns crispy. Depending on the level of fullness in your baking dish, consider placing it on top of a baking tray to catch any cheese sauce that might drip out during the baking process.

Easy Homemade Baked Mac 'N Cheese | Crowd-Pleasing Comfort Food

Easy Homemade Sourdough Breadcrumbs Tip

Here’s a super easy way to make homemade breadcrumbs! Collect the ends of your sourdough bread loaves in a Ziploc bag and store them in the freezer. When the bag is full, thaw the ends, throw them into a blender and blend into crumbs. Then bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes, until they become crispy. Preserve these breadcrumbs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or you can store them even longer in the freezer.

Easy Homemade Baked Mac ‘N Cheese

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easy homemade from scratch mac n cheese recipe
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes

Ingredients

For the Mac ‘N Cheese:

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cup milk 2%
  • 1/2 cup cream half & half or whipping
  • 3 cups shredded cheese any kind, my favourite is mostly cheddar and 1/4 cup pamesan
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For The Topping:

  • 1.5 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

  • Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9″ baking dish.

Step 2: Cook the Macaroni

  • In a pot of boiling water, cook the macaroni until it’s al dente. Drain and set it aside. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir to evenly coat the macaroni.

Step 3: Prepare the Cheese Sauce

  • Begin by melting butter in a pot over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the flour and whisk until it becomes smooth.
  • Gradually pour in the milk and cream, whisking continuously to ensure a well-blended mixture. Allow the mixture to simmer until it thickens, which should take approximately 5 minutes. Be sure to whisk frequently during this process.
  • Slowly incorporate the shredded cheese, stirring until it’s fully combined. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Step 4: Mix Pasta With Sauce

  • Now add pasta to the cheese sauce and mix until combined. Pour into greased baking dish.

Step 5: Prepare Topping

  • Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and melted butter in a bowl. Mix them together, and then spread a thin layer over the macaroni.

Step 6: Bake Mac ‘N Cheese

  • Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until the breadcrumb topping turns crispy. Depending on the level of fullness in your baking dish, consider placing it on top of a baking tray to catch any cheese sauce that might drip out during the baking process.

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