CREAMY BAKED MAC AND CHEESE

Baked mac and cheese.  It’s nearly the universal comfort food, and there are SO many variations!  In fact, I almost didn’t post this recipe, as there are SOOOO many mac and cheese recipes available, and most people already have their favorite way of making it.

Of course, there’s no “right” way or “wrong” way, so I’m here sharing the way I like to make my mac and cheese (the way my family loves it too).

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dry elbow macaroni pasta
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, at room temperature (I use 2%, but whole milk will also work well)
  • 2 cups half-and-half, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 ounces cubed Velveeta cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg

How To Make Creamy baked Mac And Cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and set aside.

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta for 1 minute less than the package suggestion for al dente (about 8 minutes). Drain and toss with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent sticking.

While the pasta boils, melt butter in a large Dutch oven (about 6-7 quarts) over medium heat. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Very gradually, whisk in the milk and half-and-half. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat.

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