The Ultimate Baked Macaroni and Cheese
The Ultimate Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • prep: 30 min
  • cook: 25 min
  • total: 55 min
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  • Summary

    This is the ULTIMATE Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe - A homemade sauce with tons of cheese plus bacon!

    Ingredients

    • The Ultimate Baked Macaroni and Cheese
    • Yield:
    • 8 to 12 servings
    • Prep:
    • 30 minutes
    • Cook:
    • 25 minutes
    • Total:
    • 1 hour
    • This is the ULTIMATE Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe - A homemade sauce with tons of cheese plus bacon!
    • Ingredients:
    • For the Macaroni and Cheese:
    • 16 ounces elbow pasta (or shaped pasta of your choice)
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 3 cups whole milk
    • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 3 cups)
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • For the Topping:
    • 40 Ritz crackers (about 1.5 sleeves), crushed
    • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
    • Directions:
    • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Heat a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta; cover.
    • 2. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook the pasta according to the box directions for al dente pasta (if your box doesn't specify al dente, cook it for 1 to 2 minutes shorter than the time called for - it shouldn't be cooked the whole way through). When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it in a colander.
    • 3. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. In a large saucepan, melt the 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, until the flour starts to brown a bit and smells nutty, whisking constantly. In a slow, steady stream, whisk in the milk. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer.
    • 4. Once the sauce comes to a simmer, stir in the cheddar cheese, adding a handful at a time and stirring with a wooden spoon until completely melted before adding the next handful. Season with salt and pepper and turn off the heat.
    • 5. Add the cooked, drained pasta to the sauce. Stir with a wooden spoon until everything is completely combined and evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
    • 6. In a small bowl, mix together the crushed Ritz crackers, crumbled bacon and parsley.
    • 7. Sprinkle the macaroni and cheese with the topping mixture.
    • 8. Bake until browned and bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 708 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 23 g 36.14%
    • Saturated Fat: 7 g 34.48%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 28 mg 9.21%
    • Sodium: 712 mg 29.66%
    • Calcium: 519 mg 51.91%
    • Potassium: 614 mg 17.55%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 6 mg 31.53%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 107 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 13 g 51.04%
    • Sugar: 9 g
    • Protein: 25 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 3 g
    • Vitamin A 3.41%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 12.79%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat3
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch7
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total5 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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