Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

Baked macaroni and cheese is a must at any holiday gathering. Impress the in-laws with the Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese. This baked macaroni and cheese recipe will be the creamiest, cheesiest and biggest hit with kids and adults alike.

Cooking Time25 min

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup small elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/4 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese (5 oz), cubed
  • 2 2/3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup packed extra-sharp cheese (5 oz), grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  2. Lightly butter 9x13x2-inch glass baking dish.
     
  3. Cook macaroni in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta. Transfer to prepared dish.
     
  4. Mix in cubed cheese.
     
  5. Whisk flour, salt, mustard, black pepper, cayenne pepper and nutmeg in medium bowl until no lumps remain.
     
  6. Gradually whisk in half and half, then whipping cream and sour cream. Add eggs and Worcestershire sauce; whisk to blend.
     
  7. Pour over macaroni mixture; stir to blend. Sprinkle grated cheese over.
     
  8. Bake macaroni and cheese until just set around edges but sauce is still liquid in center, about 25 mins. Remove from oven; let stand 10 mins to thicken slightly (sauce will be creamy).

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It is not your typical mac. and cheese. I liked the flavor, but it has the texture of ricotta cheese in it because of the addition of eggs. I would honestly leave that ingredient out. I also halved the amount of cream (used 1/2 & 1/2 instead) since I didn't think it needed it.

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