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french onion macaroni and cheese

Recipe by
raymond spencer
st bernard, LA

Feast your eyes on this mac and cheese recipe. It's in the style of French onion soup, filled with caramelized vidalia onion, French onion dip, and onion rings. It's great with pot roast or baked fish.

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For french onion macaroni and cheese

  • MACARONI
  • 1 bag
    frozen onion rings, thawed
  • 2 c
    shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 12 oz
    dry elbow macaroni
  • 1
    packet French onion soup mix
  • 1/2 c
    margarine
  • 1 lg
    vidalia onion, diced
  • 3/4 c
    light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • FRENCH ONION CHEESE SAUCE
  • 1 1/2 c
    whole milk
  • 3/4 c
    French onion dip
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c
    half and half
  • 1 c
    shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 c
    shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 c
    shredded swiss cheese

How To Make french onion macaroni and cheese

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a 9x13- inch baking dish. Add frozen onion rings and 1 cup Parmesan cheese; mix well.
  • 2
    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Add French onion soup mix on macaroni and toss together.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, melt the margarine in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in diced vidalia onion and saute for 3 minutes until it begins to soften. Add brown sugar and continue cooking until the onions are caramelized for 5 minutes.
  • 4
    To make the French onion cheese sauce, combine the milk, French onion dip, cream cheese, half and half, sharp cheddar, monterey jack, and Swiss cheese in a large saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat and simmer for 10 minutes until thickened.
  • 5
    Add onion mixture and macaroni; continue stirring until blended.
  • 6
    Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs over the macaroni mixture.
  • 7
    Bake in preheated oven until bubbly and brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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