Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? I know I’m not raising my hand on that questions a dish I love to eat in restaurants, but until recently, didn’t make it at home because I never could get the perfect cheese sauce and don’t care for the box mix style, which has absolutely no personality.
But now, thanks to a recipe on Pinterest, I can make my own super version of mac and cheese at home, using any type of cheese I want.
I don’t want to sound unpatriotic, but plain American cheese just wasn’t cutting it for me when it came to this dish—although it did remind me of some fond childhood memories.
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I wanted to make a dish you could embellish with any type of cheese you choose, “grown-up” but also one that was creamy, delicious and just as memorable as it was when I was a child. That was a tall order.
This recipe has it all, primarily because you don’t make a cheesy sauce first, but grate the cheese on top of the macaroni, then pour a creamy sauce over it, top it with Pounded Doritos (or panko breadcrumbs browned with butter). But I like the taste of Doritos instead (it’s only a matter of preference) but highly recommended.
That may not seem like a huge difference since you could always add any cheese to the sauce you wanted, but it is. What’s the reason? I can make as many as four different types of mac and cheese at once!
The key is that you top the pasta with the cheese, so if I want a combination of Gouda and white cheddar, I only put that shredded cheese on one quarter, one third or one half the pasta and then top the other sections based on my family’s or guest’s taste.
To finish off this delight, just pop it in a preheated 325 F degree oven for 12 – 15 minutes and you have the perfect grownup mac that will please everybody at the table. You can even use plain ole’ American cheese if you’re hankering for a blast from the past.
What to Do with the Leftover Mac and Cheese?
Well, you can transform the leftover Mac and Cheese into an amazing, yummilicious Mac and Cheese Balls. They are perfect finger foods for weekend family gatherings or your Super Bowl party!
For Soggy Overcooked Pasta:
Toss some butter over the freshly drained macaroni pasta so they’ll be slightly coated to help stop from absorbing more liquid as it bakes. One more thing, hot pasta absorbs more liquid easily, so it’s better to cool them down before mixing the sauce.
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More Sauce, More Creamy Mac and Cheese
Who wants a dry Mac and Cheese? I don’t like my Mac and Cheese where there’s no sauce left after it came out from the oven, so I add more sauce.
I want that cheesy, creamy sauce for my Mac and Cheese but depending on your taste or waist.
This is one of my family favorite recipes. It's so cheesy, creamy with tons of rich cheese sauce and topped with Doritos making it extra delicious! * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The Fork Bite
Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving Calories 676.72 kcal % Daily Value* Total Fat 41.52 g 63.9% Saturated Fat 24.82 g 124.1% Trans Fat 0.96 g Cholesterol 114.74 mg 38.2% Sodium 926.42 mg 38.6% Total Carbohydrate 40.71 g 13.6% Dietary Fiber 1.45 g 5.8% Sugars 7.67 g Protein 34.63 g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron
This is one of my family favorite recipes. It's so cheesy, creamy with tons of rich cheese sauce and topped with Doritos making it extra delicious!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Fork Bite