Mama’s Baked Mac & Cheese

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Mama’s Baked Mac & Cheese

In Jamie’s Kitchen, cherished family recipes take center stage, and the heartwarming stories behind them come to life. Today, we’re diving into the comforting world of Mama’s Baked Mac and Cheese – a recipe that holds a special place in my culinary journey, having been one of the first dishes I learned to make as a young adult.

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Mama’s Baked Mac & Cheese, a Classic Staple

This Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese has a story that dates back to my early kitchen adventures. I stumbled upon it in one of those treasured old cookbooks schools used to publish for fundraisers. The cookbook, a compilation of recipes from parents, became a culinary treasure trove. My mom acquired it from my brother’s school, and as I ventured out on my own, this cookbook found its way into my kitchen.

The recipe for Mama’s Baked Mac and Cheese quickly became a staple in my kitchen. Its simplicity and heartiness made it a fast favorite, and I soon found myself making it so often that I committed it to memory. As a parent, it brings me immense joy to know my kids have grown up with a love for this classic dish and continue to request it when they come home.

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Ingredients for Mama’s Baked Mac & Cheese

  • 16oz box large macaroni noodles
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 4 TBSP flour
  • 16oz (4 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • black pepper
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cook pasta 2 minutes less than package directions, drain
  3. In the same pot melt the butter over medium heat and then add the flour to make a roux. Cook for about one minute until smooth
  4. Whisk in the milk and cook until the milk warms and begins to thicken.
  5. Add the cheese and pepper and stir occasionally until the cheese is completely melted and smooth
  6. Stir in the pasta and transfer to a casserole dish
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the top begins to crisp and the edges are bubbly
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Mama’s Baked Mac and Cheese, a Memorable Dish

This basic mac and cheese recipe is a canvas waiting for your personal touch. While my family adores it in its purest form, feel free to add your own flair and make it uniquely yours. Join me in reliving the nostalgia of old fashioned baked macaroni and cheese, where every bite is a taste of tradition and a journey back to the heart of family meals.

In Jamie’s Kitchen, we celebrate the recipes that not only fill our bellies but also warm our hearts. Mama’s Baked Mac and Cheese is more than just a dish; it’s a cherished memory, a symbol of comfort, and an invitation to create your own culinary legacy. Let’s dive into the kitchen and rediscover the joy of simple, homemade goodness with this timeless baked mac and cheese recipe!

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Mama’s Baked Mac & Cheese

Today, we're diving into the comforting world of Mama's Baked Mac and Cheese – a recipe that holds a special place in my culinary journey, having been one of the first dishes I learned to make as a young adult.
4 from 1 vote
Course Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz box large macaroni noodles
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 4 TBSP flour
  • 16 oz 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cook pasta 2 minutes less than package directions, drain
  • In the same pot melt the butter over medium heat and then add the flour to make a roux. Cook for about one minute until smooth
  • Whisk in the milk and cook until the milk warms and begins to thicken.
  • Add the cheese and pepper and stir occasionally until the cheese is completely melted and smooth
  • Stir in the pasta and transfer to a casserole dish
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the top begins to crisp and the edges are bubbly
Keyword Casserole, Cheese, Dinner Sides, Holiday Favorites, Pasta

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3 Comments

  1. Mary

    4 stars
    I add a little dry mustard to the roux and cover the top with seasoned bread crumbs with dots of butter.

    Reply
    • Jamie

      Sounds great. Thanks for the suggestions.

      Reply
    • Donna

      I’ll be trying this recipe this weekend. My father used to make the best and I miss it so much. He too added the bread crumbs on top and turned on broiler for a minute or so. Delicious. Can’t wait to try this one.

      Reply

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