Sunday, August 5, 2012

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe- Soul Food Recipes

For our first Soul Food Sunday I am sharing a recipe (with pictures) for baked macaroni and cheese (some call it macaroni and cheese casserole). Boy, oh boy, oh boy do I LOVE macaroni and cheese. My absolute favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, of all time, is my great grandmother’s. She made it in glass Pyrex dishes, topped with loads of cheese ontop of a cheesy-tasting, creamy white mixture that was to die for. Later in life, I realized the creamy white goodness was a b├ęchamel sauce, and I also realized that very few people take the time and effort to make it.

The Best Soul Food RecipesI would love to say that I am sharing my great grandmother’s mac and cheese recipe today complete with bechamel sauce (oh boy would I), but I am not. It was a recipe that was never written down before she passed.
My recipe is what I call a “cheater.” Primarily because I use a jar of alfredo sauce and it just doesn’t feel like it’s made from scratch when you do that. But never the less, it is quite yummy and I get loads of compliments every time I make it.
Dyani’s Cheater Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Everything you'll need to make cheesy goodness
Ingredients
Half a pound of elbow macaroni boiled and drained
One jar of your favorite alfredo sauce
1/4 cup of milk
1 16 oz. package of mild cheddar cheese shredded divided (1 cup and ½ cup)
1 16 oz. package of casserole cheese* (or a colby/jack mix) shredded divided (1 cup and ½ cup)
¼ tsp Pepper
Butter (for greasing dish)
*the only brand I have ever found to have “casserole cheese” is Kroger. It is a mixture of American, cheddar, colby and mozzarella cheeses.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use butter to grease 9” x 9” glass baking dish. Set aside.
In large bowl mix boiled macaroni, alfredo sauce, 1 cup of casserole cheese, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and stir. Although tempting, do not add more cheese as this can make the inside dry.  Trust me, the inside will be cheesy and delish!
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe- Soul Food Recipes
Mixing it all up in the bowl
Pour milk in alfredo jar and swirl around.  Add milk and pepper and stir again. Spoon mixture in prepared dish and flatten with spoon. Top with ½ cup casserole cheese and ½ cup cheddar cheese. The top should be completely covered. If it is not, add more.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe- Soul Food Recipes
All set to go into the oven
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until entire mixture is bubbly and top cheese is all melted and starting to turn brown. Enjoy!
Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe- Soul Food Recipes
Finally... cheesy goodness!
Visit the sites below in this linky for more delicious macaroni and cheese recipes that I found on the web! Got one of your own, add it!

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Next week’s Soul Food Sunday (8/12) will feature potato salad recipes so come on back!

12 comments:

  1. Looking forward to trying out all the different recipes!

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  2. Everyone likes a cheesy dish for dinner. This is one of those comfort food meals you can make at home.

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  3. You may want to spray the tinfoil with the cooking spray to avoid the cheese from sticking to the foil.

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  4. I'm a bit confused when you say to boil mac and cheese... did you mean to say boil just the macaroni or am I missing something?

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  5. Yes she just meant cook the macaroni.

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  6. Just made this for my family. They all LOVED it! As did I! So easy to follow and very yummy! Definatly going to have to make this again!!!

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  7. Excited to try!!!

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  8. DELICIOUS!! Thank You!! (:

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  9. Made this as an addition to our Thanksgiving dinner and it was a big hit! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. I have a cookout this Saturday. My friend/host always has me bring whatever is missing from the "bring a dish list". So, I tried this receipe and another (that I threw in the trash can.) I CANT WAIT TO SHOW OFF THIS RECIPE. yum!.

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  11. what do you mean by "Pour milk in alfredo jar and swirl around. Add milk and pepper and stir again"? we're supposed to use the whole jar?

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