Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Yummy, cheesy and delicious! A few years ago, I would not use these adjectives to describe Macaroni and Cheese. Sorry Mac n Cheese lover if I hurt your feeling but I could never enjoy the Macaroni and Cheese prepared using the packets available in grocery stores. And it showed in my preparation as I never really prepared it from the heart. But then I had a guilt pang when my boys enjoyed Mac n Cheese every time we went to Sweet Tomatoes or any other restaurants where Mac n Cheese was available. 

I saw this recipe in some recipe book. Changed it a little bit to adjust our taste and the result was so yummy that I now enjoy both preparing Mac n Cheese and eating it too! Do give it try and I am sure you will like it too. It is a definite hit at parties.

To prepare this recipe we will need- 

Milk- 4 cups

Butter- 6 tablespoon

Whole wheat flour or all purpose flour- 3/4 cup

Oil- 1 tablespoon

Macaroni- 1 packet (about 3 and 1/2 cups)

Red Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder- 1 teaspoon

Dijon Mustard- 1 teaspoon (optional)

Panko bread crumbs- 1 and 1/2 cup

Parmesan Cheese- 1/4 cup

Mozzarella Cheese- 1 cup

Cheddar Cheese- 1 cup

To cook Pasta-

  • Boil water and cook 1 packet of Macaroni (which is about 3 and half cups) as per the instructions on the packet. It is normally around 10 minutes.
  • Once it is cooked, strain it and then give it a cold water wash and then again strain and remove in a deep baking dish.
To prepare sauce-

  • Warm 4 cups of milk.
  • Heat 4 tablespoon butter in a pan and then add 3/4 cup of Whole wheat flour to it.
  • Roast on low flame till the flour is light brown in color. Stir continuously.
  • Add milk little at a time stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed.
  • Once all milk is mixed, stir and let it come to boil. Keep the flame on low to medium heat.
  • The sauce will start thickening up. Add 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese and 1 cup Cheddar Cheese and mix till all the cheese melts.
  • Now it is time to add the seasonings. Add salt as per taste. 
  • Add 1 teaspoon Paprika powder and 1 and 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper powder.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard and grate half of nutmeg (or you can add 1 teaspoon of Nutmeg powder). Mix it well and let it cook for 1 minute and then remove it from flame.
To prepare topping-

  • Heat a pan on low flame and then add 22 tablespoon butter and let it melt.
  • Once the butter has melted, add 1 and 1/2 cups of Panko Bread crumbs. You can use home made bread crumbs instead of Panko style too.
  • Toast the bread crumbs for 2-3 minutes and them remove and keep aside.
Now time to assemble. 

  • First preheat the oven at 350 F/ 175 C.
  • Take the cooked Macaroni in a deep baking dish.
  • Add the Cheese sauce and mix well.
  • Top it with the toasted bread crumbs.
  • Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top if you like it.
  • Bake it in the preheated oven on top rack for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Please watch our YouTube video to see the process-

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I am Sonali and Welcome to Sonali's Homefoods! Thank you for visiting my blog. This is my attempt to digitize my culinary experiments and also seek creative satisfaction. I am not a professional chef or a nutritionist. I enjoy cooking and often find it meditative as it takes my mind of many unnecessary issues. I look forward to sharing with you all, recipes that are tried, tested, tasted and appreciated by my family and friends. Some recipes that I learnt from my parents, some from my friends and their moms. Some I got from recipe books and some I got from internet. But I am most excited to share with you some recipes that I have developed myself. I look forward to enjoy this delicious journey with you all!

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