For the last year or so, our family has tried our best to eat healthier, a lot more vegetables, fruits and proteins. Sometimes though, we just crave that southern comfort food, that we grew up with. Macaroni-n-cheese is one of those dishes that just brings us back home, to our roots. We don’t eat this often, but enjoy every bite of it, when we do bake it. This is a dish that can be a side dish or you can even make it your main dish and add ham chunks to it, right before putting it in the oven.
I watched my mom and dad make this recipe often. They would make it for the holidays, for a potluck dinner at church, or for any meal that they knew would have a large crowd. This recipe doesn’t hold back the calories or the fat. So I definitely don’t recommend this on a daily menu, but every now and then, maybe for a special occasion, would be alright. Remember, all in moderation when it comes to those foods that have a few more calories and fat.
Homemade Baked Macaroni-n-Cheese
1 pound of elbow noodles (we use different shapes of noodles, it just depends what we have in the pantry. I have even used gluten free noodles.)
1 stick of butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup of milk
2 pounds of cheese (my moms recipe just calls for 1lb, but I have always added more cheese.)
salt and pepper to taste
Boil the noodles to al dente or almost done. You don’t want to cook it all the way, because the oven will finish cooking the noodles. The time it takes for the noodle to cook, will vary on the type of noodle that you are using. Once you boil your noodles, strain the water off of the noodles. In a bowl, pour the noodles in it, add the butter, milk and the slightly beaten eggs. Then add your shredded cheese and mix it well. Save a cup of cheese to spread on top of the noodle mixture. Lastly, pour the noodle mixture in a casserole dish. Bake the macaroni-n-cheese in a preheated 350 oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until firm and the cheese on top is melted and slightly golden.
Are there any comfort foods that you just crave on occasion?