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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Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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.Print
- 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
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/3 cup Progresso® Plain Bread Crumbs
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 13×9 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.
Adapted from TheKitchn.com
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