Baked Mac and Cheese is a classic comfort food dish that consists of macaroni pasta baked in a creamy cheese sauce. It is typically made by cooking macaroni pasta, making a cheese sauce with butter, flour, milk and shredded cheese, and then combining the cooked pasta with the sauce.
Baked Mac and Cheese
The mixture is then baked in an oven until hot and bubbly, and sometimes breadcrumbs or additional cheese are added on top for a crispy crust. It is a popular dish in American cuisine and is often served as a side dish or main course.
1 pound elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Stir in the flour to create a roux.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Slowly whisk in the milk, continuing to stir until the sauce thickens.
- Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheese until fully melted and incorporated.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix until well combined.
- Transfer the mac and cheese to a baking dish.
- Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top if desired.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the mac and cheese is hot and bubbly.