Creamy, Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

creamy baked mac and cheese

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

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Recipe by: Calleigh | TheForkBite.com
Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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!

creamy baked mac and cheese

Ingredients

8
676.72 kcal
  1. 8 oz. elbow macaroni
  2. ½ cup butter
  3. ½ cup flour
  4. 4 cups milk
  5. 3 cups freshly shredded sharp or white Cheddar
  6. 3 cups Parmesan cheese
  7. 1/2 cup Doritos (or Panko bread crumbs)
    Seasonings :
  1. 1 tsp garlic powder
  2. 1 tsp onion powder
  3. 1 tsp mustard powder
  4. 1 tsp adobo seasoning

Instructions

Prep
15 minutes
Cook
12 minutes
    PASTA:
  1. Prepare a large pot of salted water and bring it to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook per package directions.
  2. Drain the water and add the 1 tbsp of butter, toss until melted. Set aside to cool.
    Creamy Mac and Cheese Sauce (You Can Watch the Video Above):
  1. Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Add the flour and whisk constantly until smooth for about a minute.
  2. Gradually pour 1 cup of milk, keep whisking to mix and dissolve the flour, then add the remaining milk and whisk until lump free.
  3. Season with the seasonings above and adjust according to your taste.
  4. Keep stirring constantly until the mixture thickens into a creamy consistency. Turn off the heat.
    Assembling:
  1. Grease a baking dish and add the pasta. Sprinkle the 6 cups freshly shredded cheese over the top. Pour the creamy sauce over the cheese, wait a bit and stir everything together.
  2. Now, pound 1 cup Doritos and sprinkle them on top of the Mac and Cheese.
  3. If you are using Panko Crumbs - Melt 1 tbsp butter and add 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, stir constantly until golden brown and sprinkle over the Mac and Cheese.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated 325 F oven for 12 -15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Serves

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

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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22 Replies to “Creamy, Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese”

  1. I love this Mac and cheese topped with DORITOS. My picky eater kiddo wants for a second all the time. This is super creamy and yummy!!! We love it.. thank you for sharing.

  2. I just had dinner and now I’m instantly desperately hungry. For that I both thank you and despise you. Joking aside, thanks for the post on this dish, it looks just delicious!

  3. Nothing beats a good mac and cheese! It must be creamy and a bit crispy too. Lots of cheese and some herbs or other spices. Thanks for remaining me of this dish 🙂

  4. OMG! Mac and Cheese is my superb favorite – and adding more cheese – making more creamy is totally awesome for me. I truly love your post and almost memorize it — because we will have this dish on weekend. Thank you

  5. YUM!! Mac and cheese is THE only dish I know I can make and all of my children will eat it! I don’t eat it with being GF but I am salivating at the thought right now!

  6. Mac and cheese is one of my favourite dishes so I was excited to read your recipe on how to make a baked mac and cheese. I really love how you topped it with Doritos crumbs that is truly original x

  7. Oh wow. Baked Macaroni is good as it is, but to bake it with additional cheese on top made it level up the ladder of deliciousness. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  8. I always get soggy pasta so tossing some butter over the freshly drained macaroni pasta to coat it is a great tip! The recipe looks delicious!

  9. Oh gosh this sounds amazing! I have a sudden craving for a helping of delicious mac and cheese now! Love the idea of putting crushed Doritos in it!

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