Cheese's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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I got this recipe from my sister, whom I nicknamed Cheese when we were little girls. Now that we're adults, the name still sticks and my children call her Auntie Cheese. Needless to say, with a nickname like Cheese, her Baked Mac and Cheese is definitely the best around.

close up view of Cheese's Baked Macaroni and Cheese with hot dogs on a white plate
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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package fully cooked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • cup butter

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 (10 ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs, or more as needed

Directions

  1. Cook and stir the cut-up kielbasa in a large skillet over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, until heated through and beginning to brown. Remove the sausage from the skillet, and set aside.

  2. Fill a pan with lightly salted water, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

  4. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the chopped onion for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Whisk in the flour, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook and stir the butter, onion and flour for 2 to 3 minutes to make a roux, and remove from the heat. Whisk in the milk a little at a time, stirring constantly, until all the milk has been incorporated, and return to low heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and cook over low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, to finish cooking the flour. Whisk in the Cheddar cheese, a few cubes at a time, until all the cheese has been incorporated and the sauce is hot and smooth.

  5. Pour the macaroni into the cheese sauce, and stir to combine. Stir in the cooked kielbasa, salt, and pepper.

  6. Spoon the macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top. Bake for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crumbs are brown and the casserole is bubbling. Let stand for 15 minutes after baking, to set before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

600 Calories
38g Fat
39g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 600
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 912mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 368mg 28%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 368mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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