easy baked macaroni and cheese

★★★★★ 1
By Michelle Waco
from Cornelius, OR

This is a family favorite that I learned from my Mom. It has been passed down and I am sure it has changed over the years, but everyone that has it loves it. I use it anytime I need a nice side dish in a pinch!! The left overs reheat nicely and never stick around more than a day or so! I tend to cook by sight, so I did my best to approximate the measurements. I like to make this with fried chicken, grilled salmon, pork roast,etc with a fresh salad or veggie. It really is a versatile dish that leaves you free to tend to your main dish or dessert prep!! My kids love this, and I recently made this for great friends while in Canada on vacation and it seemed to be a hit. Definitely a staple for our household. :)

★★★★★ 1
serves 6-8
prep time 10 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For easy baked macaroni and cheese

  • 12 oz
    bag elbow macaroni
  • 1 pt
    heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz
    bag shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz
    bag shredded four cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter or margarine
  • 1 c
    chopped onion (walla walla or vidalia if available)
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste

How To Make easy baked macaroni and cheese

  • 1
    Pre-heat oven to 400.
  • 2
    Bring water to boil, then add pasta. Cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes (as directed on package).
  • 3
    While macaroni cooks, chop onions to desired consistency. **Depending on time available, onions can be sauteed/carmelized for added flavor/texture.
  • 4
    Drain pasta and rinse with hot water.
  • 5
    Place pasta back into pot with 2 tbsp butter and stir to cover so pasta does not stick.
  • 6
    Stir in onions and cheese. Pour in heavy whipping cream and stir until nicely mixed.
  • 7
    Add garlic powder and black pepper to taste.
  • 8
    Scoop mixture into covered casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes, then check for desired bubbliness. ;)
  • 9
    Enjoy!! :)

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