Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

This is my absolute very favorite macaroni and cheese recipe and I have a large collection of m/c recipes. Adapted from Southern Living. I don't make this very often because I could literally eat the whole thing and lick the dish clean. Show more

Ready In: 1 hr 20 mins

Serves: 8

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. In a big skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk the flour in gradually until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Cook and whisk continually for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic; stir to combine.
  5. Gradually whisk in half-and-half and milk.
  6. Cook and whisk continually for 8-10 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
  7. Add in half of the sharp cheddar cheese; stir.
  8. Add in all of the extra-sharp cheddar cheese; stir until smooth.
  9. Take skillet off stove burner.
  10. Mix together the cooked macaroni and cheese mixture; transfer to a greased 13x9 inch casserole dish.
  11. Sprinkle with the remaining sharp cheddar cheese.
  12. Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes (may need to bake longer for a crispy top).
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