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mary's home made macaroni & cheese

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Paula Shelley
Rome, GA

Named for my late mother who taught me this recipe. At holidays and family reunions it was always requested. This is the only mac and cheese I ever ate until I left home and it remains my family's personal favorite to this day.

(1 rating)
yield 4 -6
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 30 Min

Ingredients For mary's home made macaroni & cheese

  • 1 box
    ziti or muller's ready cut pasta, cooked aldente
  • 1/2 pkg
    roughly crushed saltine crackers
  • 1/2
    stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 c
    medium cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 c
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 dash
    garlic powder
  • 1 dash
    ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c

How To Make mary's home made macaroni & cheese

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. This dish does not make well in the microwave.
  • 2
    Pour just enough milk to cover bottom of large casserole dish.
  • 3
    Making 3 layers, alternate between cooked pasta and mixed cheese. Top layer should be cheese.
  • 4
    Mix hand crushed saltines with garlic powder, black pepper and melted butter, spoon over top of casserole, covering evenly.
  • 5
    Bake on middle rack in oven until cheese is melted and topping is golden brown. Check after 15 minutes and add more milk if needed to keep pasta from drying out, but not enough to make it saucey.
  • 6
    Remove from oven, let sit 5 minutes, serve and enjoy!

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