Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with this creamy baked mac and cheese recipe. Perfectly cheesy, gooey, and satisfying, it’s sure to become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 2-quart baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until smooth and bubbly.
  4. Gradually whisk in the milk, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and thickened.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted and smooth. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and mustard powder.
  6. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until well combined.
  7. Pour the mac and cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese evenly over the top.
  8. If desired, sprinkle breadcrumbs over the Parmesan cheese for a crispy topping.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the top is golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your creamy baked mac and cheese!

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