A Comfort Food Classic: Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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A comfort food classic in our home, this oven-baked Macaroni and Cheese dish. Most especially on cold winter evenings.




Adapted from a family recipe passed to me from my mom, who is an outstanding cook. I’ve updated it only slightly and added spices my family loves.

A classic comfort food we come back to time and time again. Incredibly easy, yet always delicious and satisfying!

Depending on the occasion, I make it both in individual servings, which is great for parties (and portion control) and in a 2.5-quart baking dish.

Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 cups milk
2 cups sharp or extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (16-oz.) package elbow macaroni, cooked

Directions

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease baking dish or dishes.

Microwave milk in a glass measure on High for 1 1/2 minutes.

In a small ramekin, combine flour, salt, pepper, turmeric and paprika. Whisk together and set aside.

In a large dutch oven, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and spice mixture. Cook, whisking constantly until bubbly. About a minute.

Slowly whisk in warm milk, cook, whisking constantly until thickened. From 2 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in cheese. Continue whisking until cheese is melted.

Stir in pasta.

Spoon pasta mixture into lightly greased baking dish/s. Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded cheese on top. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.




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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.