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Best Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Best Baked Mac & Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Best Baked Mac & Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by grannynanny06

Makes 12 servings



Mac & Cheese recipe from America's Test Kitchen minus their bread crumb topping.

Recipe Ingredients for Best Baked Mac & Cheese

1 lb whole wheat macaroni
4 T butter
5 T flour
45 oz evaporated milk
2 tsp hot sauce
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp dry mustard
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded

Recipe Directions for Best Baked Mac & Cheese

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse bread, melted butter, and Parmesan in food processor until ground to coarse crumb. Transfer to bowl.

  2. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and macaroni to boiling water and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup macaroni cooking water, then drain and rinse macaroni in colander under cold running water. Set aside.

  3. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in now-empty pot over medium-high heat until foaming. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture turns light brown, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in evaporated milk, hot sauce, nutmeg, mustard, and 2 teaspoons salt and cook until mixture begins to simmer and is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Off heat, whisk in cheeses and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water until cheese melts. Stir in macaroni until completely coated. Transfer mixture to 13 by 9-inch baking dish and top with bread crumb mixture. Bake until cheese is bubbling around edges and top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Categories

Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 190.9g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
467
Calories from Fat
220
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
24.5g
38%
Saturated Fat
15.0g
75%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
77mg
26%
Sodium
382mg
16%
Potassium
445mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates
42.0g
14%
Dietary Fiber
3.3g
13%
Sugars
10.9g
Protein
22.5g
Vitamin A 14% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 57% Iron 11%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  • High in phosphorus
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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