Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
Based on TGirl,RN's Creamy Macaroni & Cheese for One (#88172), which is delicious. I have adapted it to feed a larger group. Be aware that measurements on seasonings are a rough estimate, as I am a 'taste and tweak as I go' kind of cook. You can adjust, as I have, to suit your personal palate. This will make one very full 9 x 13" baking dish, which is probably enough to feed 6 people as a main dish, or even more as a side dish. Would probably be good for a potluck crowd, too. If doing that I would try to bake it at the party, if possible, so the topping stays crispy.
- 5 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
- 1 1⁄3 cups butter or 1 1⁄3 cups margarine
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 1⁄2 cups milk
- 3 1⁄2 cups aged cheddar cheese, grated
- 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 6 teaspoons onions, finely chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups breadcrumbs
- In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup of melted butter with breadcrumbs. Set aside.
- In a large stockpot, cook macaroni till al dente (about 5 minutes). Drain, rinse with cold water till pasta has cooled. Drain well, cover and set aside. (I leave it in the strainer with the stockpot lid on top.).
- Put stockpot back on the stove. Melt remaining butter at medium heat.
- Add flour and whisk until smooth, reducing heat if necessary to avoid burning.
- Slowly whisk in milk until smooth. Cook for 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
- Lower heat and (with a large wooden spoon) add mustard, Worcestershire, onions, and cheese. Stir until cheese has melted. Taste and season with salt, pepper, Tabasco, etc. to your taste. Remove from heat.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease one 9x13" baking dish.
- Pour cooked macaroni back into stockpot and stir well to coat in sauce.
- Pour macaroni mixture into your greased baking dish. Use a wooden spoon to level out the mixture.
- Top with buttered breadcrumbs.
- Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes until topping is golden brown and crispy.
- Serve and enjoy!