After many tries and many different recipes, I have finally found the ultimate creamy macaroni and cheese recipe! It is so easy to make and absolutely delicious!
As I have mentioned before, I have been on a sort of "quest" to find the ultimate creamy macaroni & cheese recipe. It is one side dish that the entire family loves, but I stopped buying the "blue box" a long time ago and have been trying to create something that they enjoy just as much.
The really do like my creamy crockpot mac & cheese, but that uses canned cheese soup and I wanted to get away from using that as well (too processed) and have yet to try making my own "condensed cheese soup recipe". My first attempt at creamy homemade baked macaroni & cheese was a hit with 2 of my children, but my husband and daughter weren't crazy about it.
I changed up the cheeses for this one and didn't bake it this time and I think we hit the jackpot! This is one recipe that everyone loved!
A few tips:
If your cheese sauce becomes grainy or breaks, it's usually caused by a few things:
- Overheating the milk/cheese mixture is the most common, so be sure to remove it from the heat and melt the cheese in slowly.
- Over whisking while adding the cheese is another mistake. Slowly and steadily stir with a wooden spoon while the cheese is melting.
- Never use pre-shredded cheese as it's coated with a wax that results in a grainy sauce.
If your sauce is too thin, add more cheese to thicken it up. Parmesan is a great thickener, but keep in mind that adding too much can also cause the sauce to be grainy. If your sauce is too thick, just add some more milk or half and half.
Feel free to change the types of cheese up to suit your tastes. Macaroni and cheese purists swear by just cheddar, while those who are more adventurous use up to five or six different kinds.
You could even make this in to a complete meal by adding in some steamed broccoli, cooked bacon, peas, ham or even grilled chicken!
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