The easiest and cheesiest baked mac and cheese you will ever make.
Dry macaroni elbows
Dried spices: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper
Elbow Noodles: These can be replaced with another noodle. Just stick with something similar in size. Yes, whole wheat noodles can be used.
Cheese: We prefer sharp cheddar, but, go with your favorite or with a combination of your favorites!
What kind of dish can be used? I used my cast iron dutch oven ( see recipe card). But, you can use a 9 x 13 dish or a similar size casserole dish. For the majority of baking time, your dish will be covered. So, if you do use a dish with a lid, make sure it’s proper fitting. If not, cover it with foil.
Topping: Again, this is our preference. If a breaded topping is not your thing, it can be omitted. However, you will still have to bake it for the 10 minutes without a lid/cover.
Yield: Serves: 6-8
No Boil Baked Mac and Cheese
No Boil Baked Mac and Cheese- The easiest and cheesiest baked mac and cheese you will ever make.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Additional Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour15 minutes
16 oz dry elbow macaroni
4 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) butter
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried paprika
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread dry pasta into the bottom of the pan or dutch oven.
Sprinkle 1 cup of cheddar cheese on top of dry pasta.
In a saucepan, melt butter. Add in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and mustard.
Slowly stir in milk. Increase heat to light bubble. Reduce and cook for just 3-5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thicken. You don't have to thicken it completely, it will thicken as it bakes in the oven.
Add in cheese and cook until completely melted. Remove from heat and mix with dry pasta and shredded cheese.
Cover and cook for 25 minutes. Remove cover.
In a bowl, mix together ingredients for topping. Sprinkle on top of macaroni and bake another 10-15 minutes or until top is browned.
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