SIMPLE Mac and Cheese Extravaganza

SIMPLE Baked macaron and cheese recipe in a 9x13 pan.

Alright, alright, alright, we’re diving into the world of American-style Cheesy Mac and Cheese, folks! It’s a classic comfort food that’s as American as apple pie and just as beloved.

Now, if you think the world of mac and cheese couldn’t possibly get any better, think again. We’ve got not one, but two stellar mac and cheese recipes that’ll have you dancing in your kitchen. One is an American-style cheesy mac and cheese, loaded with sharp cheddar and creamy goodness, while the other boasts the velvety allure of Velveeta cheese.

Both are so out-of-bounds good that you won’t be able to resist seconds, or maybe even thirds. It’s a mac and cheese showdown, and the real winner here is your taste buds. Of course, we say you should try both and decide for yourself which one deserves the crown on your dinner table.

Mac and Cheese – The Edible Hug That Knows No Age

Mac and cheese, the culinary equivalent of a warm, cheesy hug, has charmed its way into the hearts (and stomachs) of millions. It’s that childhood friend who always knows how to make you smile, whether you’re five or fifty. But let’s face it, mac and cheese isn’t just a dish; it’s an edible legend, a cultural icon, and perhaps the unofficial poster child of comfort food. Its allure lies in its simplicity—a harmony of pasta and cheese sauce that transcends age, gender, and even dietary preferences.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go make this ooey-gooey, cheesy masterpiece:

Ingredients:

  1. Macaroni: The twisted secret agents of the pasta world. They’ve got all the curves to catch every drop of cheese sauce.
  2. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese: So sharp, it could host its own stand-up comedy show.
  3. Sour Cream: The creamy sidekick, here to add that unexpected zing to the cheesy plot.
  4. Dry Mustard: Mustard, the hipster of spices, adds a touch of vintage flavor to keep things interesting.
  5. Cayenne Pepper: Adds a little heat to the party, making sure no one’s left feeling too cool.
  6. Worcestershire Sauce: The secret ingredient in the recipe, which we suspect is actually just a wizard’s potion.
  7. Elvis Impersonator (Optional): If you want to give your mac and cheese a little extra “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love,” invite this special guest to the culinary stage.
A spoonful of cheesy macaron and cheese on a fork hot from the oven.

How to Make an Extravagant Mac and Cheese:

  1. The Boiling
    Begin with a pot of water so salty it could start its own beach resort. Toss in those macaronis and let them do their pasta dance until they’re perfectly al dente.
  2. The Creamy Partners
    In the microwave, warm up milk and cream, DO NOT boil.
  3. The Roux Connection
    Now, grab your saucepan – it’s time for butter to shine. As it melts, add the flour. This is what those fancy chef’s call “A Roux”. Cook it another minute.
  4. The Cheese Allure
    Introduce extra sharp cheddar, the cheese with the charisma of a Hollywood star.
  5. The Flavorful Twist
    Sour cream adds a creamy twist, while dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce bring the excitement.
  6. The Seasoning Comedy
    Salt and pepper join the party, adding a dash of seasoned humor to the mix, ensuring no bite is ever bland.
  7. Curtain Call: The Finale
    With a standing ovation from your taste buds, it’s time for the grand finale. Elbow macaroni, cheese, creamy sauce, and a touch of secret ingredients take a bow, leaving you with a savory encore.

Pairings:

  1. Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork: Mac and cheese’s best buddy, smoky BBQ pulled pork, is like the dynamic duo of the dinner table.
  2. Dump ‘n Go Chili: Together, they create a meal so comforting, it’s practically a food hug.
  3. Fluffy Bread Rolls: These rolls soak up cheese sauce like sponges and we have step by step instructions.

In a world filled with complexities, mac and cheese reminds us that sometimes, the simplest pleasures are the most profound. It’s a dish that bridges generations, a culinary classic that never goes out of style. So, what are you waiting for? Go make this ultimate comfort food and create delicious memories that will last a lifetime.

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SIMPLE macaroni and cheese recipe

SIMPLE Mac and Cheese Extravaganza

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  • Author: simplepartyfood
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: Baking

Description

When life serves you lemons, make mac and cheese – because who needs lemonade when you’ve got creamy, dreamy goodness in a bowl?


Ingredients

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  • 5 Cups Macaroni
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 4 Tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ All Purpose Flour
  • 5 Cups Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ⅔ Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Dry Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepepr
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  3. In a large pot, bring generously salted water to a rolling boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook until they’re tender. Drain them and set aside.
  4. In a measuring cup, warm the milk and cream in the microwave, making sure not to boil them.
  5. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour, creating a roux, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Gradually whisk in the warmed milk mixture.
  6. Add half of the cheddar cheese to the sauce, continuously whisking until it’s fully melted and well combined.
  7. Stir in the sour cream, followed by the dry mustard, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  8. Add the drained macaroni to the creamy sauce, mixing until they are fully coated. Transfer the mixture into your prepared baking dish.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese on top of the macaroni.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the mac and cheese is golden and bubbly.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 450-460
  • Sodium: variable
  • Fat: 20-24 gr
  • Saturated Fat: 13-14 gr
  • Carbohydrates: 45-47 gr
  • Fiber: 2-3 gr
  • Protein: 14-15 gr
  • Cholesterol: 60-65 mg

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