The boxed stuff is convenient. It's easy. And goodness knows the kids love it! However … this recipe takes BARELY more time, and tastes a billionty times better, I promise. Make this old fashioned mac & cheese just once, and fall in love with your favorite old childhood comfort food again.
Start by cooking noodles to package directions. While those are boiling away, get to work cubing & shredding your cheeses, roughly in half inch squares. It'll all melt in the oven anyway, so you don't have to be too precise. I used pepperjack …
And a really tangy, sharp cheddar. Variety of cheese is really up to you, however this combo tastes the most like my childhood.
In a separate bowl, whisk together everything except the cheese. Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Add this mixture and the shredded cheese and stir well to combine. Mix in about half of your cubed cheese, as well.
Sprinkle the remaining cubed cheese on top, and press the whole mix lightly into the pan. I add fresh cracked pepper on this step, bit you don't have to! Put in oven at 375* for about 20 minutes (or until cheese is completely melted and starting to brown) on the middle rack.
When I have ten minutes left on the timer, I remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the top liberally with the cracker crumb mixture – because who loves CARBS, am I right?
Look at that Oooh. And Goo. And happiness. When you really want your family to know you love them, make this. Trust me. Then come back and leave me comments like, “Oh man, my family wasn't sure if I really cared for them. But then I made this mac and cheese, and we've renewed our familial bond! Siblings no longer fight, and the pets are all cuddled up. Peace has enveloped my entire neighborhood.” Or, you know, however you want to say that in your own words.
Half the time I write this stuff just to see if anyone's paying attention anymore. So ARE YOU?
Have a wonderful day, my lovelies.
Try this as a side dish with these great grilling recipes: