Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Tender elbow macaroni in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce baked until golden brown. The perfect side dish to go with any meal!
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 4 cup milk (I used 2%)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Boil pasta in salted water until al dente according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile melt butter in a large pot. Add in flour and whisk constantly for 2 minutes.
Slowly whisk in milk. Add in all of the seasonings. Cook on medium heat whisking continuously until slightly thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Make sure to keep the milk moving to avoid burning.
Take off the heat and stir in 4 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese. Season with more salt to taste if desired.
Add the cheese sauce to the macaroni and stir to coat.
Pour into the prepared pan and top with the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese. Place in the oven uncovered and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve immediately and enjoy!