The recipe and video don’t match the main photo…there’s no dark crust that appears in the original photo. Is it the correct recipe?
This is close to our family's recipe, except we don't grate the cheese or melt it. We use at least 8 ounced of very sharp cheese and cube it. After greasing the casserole dish, we layer the cooked macaroni, white sauce and cubed cheese, and top it with crushed corn flakes. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. When cheese is melted in my opinion, it loses flavor which you have compensated with adding cayenne pepper. Personally, I like to taste the flavor of the cheese.
This was my late mom's recipe, too. My brother said that, if he were a condemned man, he would ask for Mom's mac & cheese for his last meal. As her memory slipped, we often reminded her of the compliment. It made her glow.
Made this yesterday-very good and easy to make-a keeper
Good recipe ... for those who don't know ~ COOK the pasta before combining with the sauce and baking otherwise it will be too dry! I added finely chopped onion and celery to mine and sprinkled some crushed potato chips or Ritz crackers on top of the last layer of cheese (yes, use a sharp cheddar in this recipe) ... gives it a little crunch. Served with a simple salad dressed with a lemon dressing and it's the perfect dinner. NO LEFTOVERS!
Is the pasta dry or precooked?
Love it! I use American chz in the milk/flour mixture, and then use the sharp to sprinkle on the elbows and sauce.. lastly, I either butter bread crumbs or I crush Townhouse/Ritz crackers and sprinkle on top of Mac n cheese, before baking for 20min at 400°
Must use extra sharp shredded cheese(I shred my cheese, more flavor than already shredded cheese) Delicious!
I’ve used this recipe for years. It is by far the best recipe for Mac and cheese in my opinion. Once I asked my husband to make it and he didn’t catch that it only called for half a box of macaroni and he added the whole box. So that turned out like buttered noodles 😆 Make sure to follow the recipe and you’ll be hooked.
This was super easy and I had every bit of ingredients just laying around in the pantry. Very tasty compared to your box macaroni and cheese! Definitely will be making again!
Cracker Barrel cheese is key.
Confused: Is it 1/2 of 16 oz package of pasta or 16 oz package?
This was the first time I have made Mac N Cheese. It was very dry and not creamy. If I make it again I will use more milk.
This by far the easiest and tastiest macaroni and cheese recipe I've seen. Simple but good—using the sharp cracker barrel is key. Definitely include some cayenne to balance out the smoothness of everything else.