When I was recently invited to work with Progresso™ to create an amazing recipe using their bread crumbs, I instantly knew I was going to make this homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese.
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What’s your favorite comfort food during the holidays? Baked Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorites ANY time of the year. I’ve worked on perfecting this recipe for a while — I wanted it to be creamy (but not runny) and thick (but not TOO thick) and of course CHEESY. After a few tries I finally got it just like I like it.
Because I think there should be a rule that EVERYONE has a foolproof recipe for baked macaroni and cheese. This one’s mine. 🙂 And it’s a total must that my baked macaroni and cheese has a crunchy breadcrumb topping… it’s just not the same without it.
I purchased my bread crumbs at Wal Mart. I try to always keep them on-hand because there are so many other recipes you can use them in like meatballs, chicken Parmesan and salmon patties.
This post was sponsored by General Mills®. All opinions shared are my own.
- 1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2-1/2 cups whole milk (WARMED)
- 2-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ⅓ cup Progresso® Plain Bread Crumbs
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 13x9 baking dish or a cast iron skillet.
- In a large pot, prepare the macaroni according to package directions. Drain in a colander and set aside.
- Warm milk to lukewarm in the microwave or on the stove top and set aside.
- Using the same large pot you prepared the macaroni in, melt the butter over medium heat. Slowly add flour and whisk until a thick, pasty consistency is reached. Cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Slowly add the milk to the roux, whisking constantly. The mixture will eventually work into a sauce as you whisk. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened, whisking constantly.
- Remove pot from stove top and slowly add cheese, stirring constantly to form the cheese sauce. Add salt and paprika and stir well to combine.
- Add the cooked macaroni to pot with the sauce and stir well to evenly coat macaroni.
- Transfer to your greased baking dish or cast iron skillet. Top with bread crumbs. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese sauce is bubbling around edges and top is lightly browned. Broil top for browning if necessary.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Progresso™ The opinions and text are all mine.