Recipe by MSZANZ
Gosh, there are so many Mac and Cheese recipes! I looked at many before deciding to post my favorite recipe from childhood. My grandmother makes this all of the time. My girls and I love it but the Hubby doesn't like it much. "Too bland" he says. Great comfort food!
Top Review by SoberOldie
My husband has always talked about his mom's mac & cheese, saying that although mine is good, his mom's had that 'certain something' - I always used a flour-butter-cheese roux to sauce it - but his mom made it just like this. So I tried it tonight - cut it in half since we are only 2 - and added bread crumbs to the top mixed with 1 T melted butter. Also, I didn't have cheddar but I had muenster slices from Costco and Tillamook Pepper Jack! Then, you can kill me now, I used half milk and half heavy cream! Cut the cooking time by 15 minutes, and oh my gosh - UNBELIEVABLY GOOD. I will make this again and again. Hubby says it's almost like his mom's except the cheeses are of course different, but the effect is the same! THANKS!
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
- 2 lbs of longhorn colby cheese, sliced to about 1/8 inch slices (I have also used Colby Jack)
- salt and pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Boil pasta according to package in salted water.
- For firmer pasta reduce boiling time by a few minutes.
- Grease a deep casserole dish (I use a spray).
- Place a layer of macaroni, enough to cover the bottom, in the casserole dish.
- Add a layer of cheese slices covering the macaroni.
- Very lightly season with salt and pepper (I actually skip this and we add salt and pepper to taste on our individual servings).
- Repeat these layers until you are out of pasta.
- Pour milk over the casserole until the milk almost reaches the top of the casserole dish (It doesn't take much because the dish is already full of pasta and cheese).
- Bake covered for about 45 minutes to an hour in a 350 degree oven.
- You'll know it is finished cooking when the milk is no longer liquid.
- Sometimes I add leftover ham chunks to the layers.
- Cook time and servings are approximate!