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Oh So Good Macaroni and Cheese

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A family favorite from my mother-in-law, this macaroni and cheese recipe will have you coming back for seconds.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Elbow Pasta, Cooked And Drained
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 cups 2% Milk, Divided
  • 1 bag Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (16 Oz), Divided
  • 1 cup Shredded Parmesan, Divided
  • 3 Tablespoons Dried Chopped Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 2-½ teaspoons Salt, Or To Taste

Preparation

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Begin by boiling 4 quarts of water and cooking the elbow pasta until al dente (8-10 minutes).

While doing so, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium-low heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour until combined. Next, whisk in 1 cup of milk and combine well with the four mixture. Turn up the heat to medium-high. Now whisk in 2 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese into the saucepan until well combined with the milk mixture. Keep alternating 1 cup of milk to 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, whisking all the while, until a sauce begins to form. Reduce the heat to low and continue to whisk until the cheese sauce thickens. You’ll know when it is ready when the sauce coats a spoon and drips off only a little bit. When the cheese sauce is finished remove from the heat and set aside.

After the pasta has been drained, return it to the pot and pour in the cheese sauce, dried chopped onion, parsley flakes, and 1/2 cup of the shredded parmesan. Stir, coating the pasta well; then put the mixture into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining parmesan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Serve with rolls or a salad.

Enjoy!

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kender3 on 12.25.2014

Half the family liked it, half did not, so I’m not leaving a review.

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Serene on 3.10.2014

I can’t wait to try this out!!

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Melissa on 12.24.2010

I’m making this for Christmas Eve with my family and inlaws! So far so good! Super easy, will let you know the crowd’s reviews!

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jeweld on 9.30.2010

Looks delicious! My son is addicted to restaurant style mac n cheese, and this looks like it might fit the bill. I’m going to try it this weekend. Thanks!

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Jillian on 3.25.2012

This was delicious! The parmesan made the sauce very gooey (in a good way) and the chopped onion added a great burst of flavor. This will be my go-to mac n’ cheese recipe from now on!

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Nicole K on 1.29.2012

Oh my goodness this was THE BEST mac & cheese I’ve ever had! The whole family loved it!!! Next time I will cover it to bake, the kiddos don’t like the “crispy” noodles on the top layer…..Thanks for a great recipe!!!!!

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Cookin' Army Wife on 11.24.2011

Our new go-to mac & cheese recipe!!

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on 9.8.2011

THE BEST!!!! The whole family loved it! thank you

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JuliaAndrusWilliams on 8.1.2011

I’m making this for the second time tonight. My hubby and I LOVE it. We use skim milk and low-fat cheese to make it a little healthier and it’s great. I added Panko bread crumbs last time, and probably will this time too. Also adding bacon and jalepenos…. so much for healthy!!

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