Cheese Krack n Cheese Recipe

A delectable twist on the classic mac and cheese, this Cheese Krack n Cheese is rich, creamy, and irresistibly cheesy, perfect for any comfort food lover.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup crushed cheese-flavored crackers (e.g., Cheez-Its)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Macaroni:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Cheese Sauce:
    • In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes until it forms a smooth roux.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream, ensuring no lumps remain. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the Cheese:
    • Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    • Gradually add the shredded cheddar, mozzarella, and Gruyère cheese, stirring until fully melted and smooth.
  4. Combine with Macaroni:
    • Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce, stirring until the pasta is evenly coated with the cheesy mixture.
  5. Prepare the Topping:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a small bowl, combine the crushed cheese-flavored crackers with the grated Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake:
    • Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the cracker and Parmesan mixture evenly over the top.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
  7. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Cheese Krack n Cheese!

Feel free to tweak the recipe to suit your taste preferences and enjoy this cheesy comfort dish with family and friends!

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