Sometimes, there’s is just nothing like a comforting, soul-warming plate full of homemade macaroni and cheese. In our family, we love it baked and bubbly or quick and easy straight out of the pot. It’s a go to side dish when I don’t know what else to make with something.
But sometimes, I get the desire to up the ante on my usual mac and cheese. I make a little richer, a little creamier and a whole lot more indulgent. This is that recipe. And yes, it really is that good. I will warn you though, this is definitely not your every day macaroni and cheese!
Rich & Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
- 5 T. butter or margarine
- 1/4 c. flour
- 3 c. milk (if you want to go really over the top, substitute some heavy whipping cream for some of the milk.)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/8 t. nutmeg
- 3 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed, divided
- 3/4 c. breadcrumbs
- 2 T. butter or margarine, melted
- 1/2 – 3/4 lb. elbow macaroni, fully cooked and drained
1. In a large pot, melt 5 T. butter or margarine. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, egg yolks, pepper, salt and nutmeg. Whisk into the pot, stirring rapidly. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat until thickened just enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in 3 cups of cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted.
3. Pour cooked macaroni into pot and stir to coat. Pour into a greased 13×9 casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs with 2 T. melted butter or margarine. Sprinkle on top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.