4 Cheese Baked Macaroni

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This recipe is a staple in my half vegetarian household. The carnivores don’t mind missing their meat dish when this is served. It is quick and easy to make. I typically shred all the cheese during the baby’s nap time so I am ready to go at dinner time.

This baked macaroni recipe is a staple in my half vegetarian household. The carnivores don't mind missing their meat dish when this is served. It is quick and easy to make.

The Recipe

I recommend making this as a double batch. The cooking time accommodates two pans and it is very freezer-friendly. Having one in the freezer works nicely for the nights you don’t feel like cooking anything for dinner.

Ingredients

  • 7 tbsp. Butter
  • 4 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 c. Half & Half
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 c. Parmesan Cheese (shredded)
  • 1 c. Mild Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1 c. Sharp Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • 1 c. Monterey Jack Cheese (shredded)
  • 3/4 tsp. Garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb. Elbows Macaroni
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasonings
  • 1/4 c. Italian Bread Crumbs
This baked macaroni recipe is a staple in my half vegetarian household. The carnivores don't mind missing their meat dish when this is served. It is quick and easy to make.

Look at that wonderful cheesy goodness!

Instructions

In a medium saucepan melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over low heat. Add the flour and stir to combine making a roux. Cook (stirring frequently) for 3 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and whisk in the half and half a little at a time. Cook until thickened (about 4 to 5 minutes) stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and season with the salt, pepper, italian seasoning and 1 cuo of the grated parmesan. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Cover and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. While your oven is preheating, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni. Return to a boil, reduce the heat to a low boil and cook until macaroni is very al dente (slightly undercooked). Drain in a colander and return the macaroni to the pot. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and the garlic and stir to combine. Set aside.

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Using the remaining butter, grease a 3-quart baking dish or casserole and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the remaining cheeses. Toss to combine.

Place 1/3 of the macaroni in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with 1/3 of the mixed cheeses. Continue layering until all the cheese and macaroni is in the dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top of the macaroni and cheese. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the macaroni and cheese is bubbly and hot and the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Work with what you have…

Feel free to experiment with cheese and pastas. I have had great luck with bow tie, penne and rotini pastas. I’ve also switched up the cheese as well. So long as your cheese ratios stay about the same, you will have good luck with this recipe.

What is your favorite home-style meal? Comment below.

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This baked macaroni recipe is a staple in my half vegetarian household. The carnivores don't mind missing their meat dish when this is served. It is quick and easy to make.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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4 Cheese Baked Macaroni — 8 Comments

  1. Oh, my gosh….this will be a MUST in this ‘half-vegetarian’ house, too! Soul food. My mouth is literally watering right now. 🙂

    • Be sure to come back and let me know your thought if you try it. This is my first written down recipe (I’m one of those people who experiments and eyeballs measurements). I’d love some feedback.

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