Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Photo by Susan M.
Adapted from food.com

PREP TIME

45

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

8

Servings

PREP TIME

45

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Adapted from food.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine

  • 1/2

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/2

    teaspoon pepper, to taste

  • 1/4

    teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

  • 1/4

    teaspoon garlic granules

  • 2

    cups half-and-half

  • 2

    cups milk

  • 2

    (10 ounce) packages sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

  • (I use Cracker Barrel)

  • 1

    (10 ounce) package extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • (I use Cracker Barrel)

  • 1

    (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni, cooked

Directions

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

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