Easy No-Boil Macaroni & Cheese
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- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 1⁄2 cups uncooked large macaroni
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 quart milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place butter in a 9x13" dish. Place in hot oven until butter melts.
- Remove; tilt to swirl butter and coat bottom and slightly up sides.
- Add dry macaroni and stir to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and stir to mix.
- Pour milk over evenly. DO NOT STIR!
- Bake uncovered for 1 hour.
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This is how I & everyone I knew always made mac & cheese when I was a kid (60 years ago) somewhere, someone along the way over the years complicated things by making mac & cheese with tedious bechamel sauce base - such a total waste of time! You can always whisk a tsp of Dijon, pinch of cayenne, tsp. of Worcestershire sauce and other herbs & spices as desired. But best of all it's lot time and effort saved for a dish that is awesome. One thing, I put foil over it for 45 minutes and then remove it to let the cheese brown for 15 minutes.
We made this for a church dinner, followed the directions, but also feed a crowdadded cheese sauce. We, of course, had to multiply the basic recipe to feed a crowd. We had a big can of the cheese sauce and used 1/2 of the can in each. Maybe turned out to be 1 1/2 cups of cheese sauce for basic recipe. We had rave reviews for it. Definitely use more if you like creamier.
I'm a foodie, so why on Earth would I give 4 stars to this recipe. Well, because it's saved my butt about 3 times when I was too tired to make anything for dinner. It's not creamy, but it's a good basic recipe and dirties only a few dishes. <br/>Add cooked chicken, ham, broccoli, burger, whatever and you've got hot dish (yep, I'm a Midwesterner. Please don't call it casserole.) If you're as tired as I've been when I've made this, it's a great stand alone mac and cheese. Serve with a bag of salad, fresh fruit, and bam, there's dinner.
I make this in a disposable pan when really in a rush, the quick cook 3 minute pasta ( I used at least 3 cups plus of noodles to fill bottom of pan) 1 cup cream or half and half, 2 cups milk, 1 egg, a little mustard, pepper & Adobe to taste. I used a mixture of sharp cheddar, sharp provolone, a little mozzarella and topped it with a mix of parm and Romano cheeses. Baked for about 40 minutes or until top was brown and bubbly and noodles were cooked.