This Family Style Macaroni and Cheese is loaded with creamy cheese and for the adults, a crunchy topping! Perfect as a main dish or a side dish but most importantly… A KID FRIENDLY DINNER! Look out! Once you take this Family Style Macaroni and Cheese to a potluck or family gathering you’ll be asked to bring it every time! Scroll down to see what “secret” ingredient I used to add even another layer of delicious flavor!
Don’t buy those cheap boxed macaroni and cheese. Make your own! This recipe can be customized to your families cheese preferences. I’m not a fan of strong cheeses so I chose mild cheese to make my macaroni and cheese. Add another layer of cheesy flavor by adding Parmesan to the top layer of bread crumbs. Your family will love the topping but the star of this recipe is the creamy cheesy inside.
My secret ingredient is……..nutmeg! I know you may think what? That’s for baking. Trust me there’s not a lot in the recipe just enough to wonder what that hint of flavor could be. Adding nutmeg to a white sauce adds so much depth to the already delicious flavor.
Family Style Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
For the Cheese Sauce
- 1 quart milk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 ounces gouda cheese, grated
- 3 cups extra sharp cheddar, grated
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the Topping
- 1-1/2 cups bread crumbs (I used Panko)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
For the Macaroni and Cheese Sauce:
Preheat oven to 375°. Cook macaroni according the the directions on the package; Drain well. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, DON'T BOIL. Melt butter in a large (4 quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Remove from the heat, add the cheeses, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir will. Pour into a 9x13-inch baking dish.
For the Topping:
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine with the bread crumbs and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.
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