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Homestyle Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Ah…Macaroni & Cheese…the ultimate comfort food that everyone loves! Our boys pretty much grew up on it, as I’m sure it’s a favorite in your home too! The soft, tender macaroni mixed with the creamy cheese sauce, you just can’t go wrong! Oh and of course…we just had to add some bacon too! 

Homestyle Baked Mac & Cheese | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

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Homestyle Baked Mac & Cheese | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

The cooking process is pretty easy, although you do need some time to cook the cheese sauce and not be distracted. Starting with a simple rue of butter and flour, then adding the milk. Basically it’s the same process as gravy, just a bit different. Adding the beaten egg was a first for me, just be sure to temper it by drizzling about 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg and whisking.

We used Sharp Cheddar Cheese and grated it with the box grater, but you can certainly buy shredded bagged cheese. The bacon was baked in the oven, we have found it cooks more evenly and you don’t have the mess in your kitchen. Just place a oven safe cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet, and cook the bacon at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Homestyle Baked Mac & Cheese | Recipe on PocketChangeGourmet.com

Homestyle Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Homestyle Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Comfort food at it's best. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dry macaroni
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup {1/2 stick} butter
  • 1/4 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 pound, 16 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni until almost done
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg
  3. In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle flour. Whisk together over medium low heat.
  4. Cook mixture for 2-3 minutes, whisking constantly, until smooth and bubbly
  5. Gradually add milk and add mustard, whisk until smooth.
  6. Cook for about 5 minutes until thick.
  7. Reduce heat to low.
  8. Take 1/4 cup milk mixture and drizzle into egg, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.
  9. Add egg mixture to milk mixture, whisk until smooth.
  10. Add cheese and stir until melted
  11. Add salt, seasoned salt and pepper to taste
  12. Add bacon
  13. Fold in cooked macaroni
  14. Pour into buttered baking dish, add bacon if desired and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly
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Comments

  1. This looks just perfect – can’t beat a classic homestyle macaroni cheese :)
    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche recently posted..Macaroni cheese frittersMy Profile

  2. Love the addition of bacon, looks great!

  3. Classic mac and cheese! What could be better?! Oh right, topped with bacon is better! Yummy.
    Sarah recently posted..Roasted Poblano and Goat Cheese MacMy Profile

  4. Such a classic! I love it! Thanks for helping us kick off our event!
    Rachel Cooks recently posted..Macaroni and Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Green OnionsMy Profile

  5. I have never used an egg in mac n’ cheese before, it has to be super creamy and delicious!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..French Onion Mac N’ Cheese #maccheesemaniaMy Profile

  6. Now this is a mac and cheese to be reckoned with! Simple and classic!
    Joanne recently posted..Mexican Fiesta Chopped SaladMy Profile

  7. This mac n cheese looks absolutely delicious! I love using an egg in mac n cheese, make the dish so rich. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This looks like dinner to me. Love how creamy this is.
    Kim Beaulieu recently posted..Smoked Bacon Macaroni and Cheese #maccheesemaniaMy Profile

  9. Kandi Hall says:

    OMGoodness…I made this tonight…it being my first attempt at homemade mac and cheese…I was hoping for edible at best…it came out DELICIOUSLY edible…! This recipe produced (even with myself as the cook)…well, I’d have to say…THE BESTEST EVER mac and cheese I have EVER tasted!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this AMAZING recipe…! :D

  10. Just made this tonight but I left out the bacon – still delicious. I’m definitely making it again, but probably going to reduce the mustard and add some onion and garlic. Thanks!

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