286 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 148
  • 4 Rating Star 77
  • 3 Rating Star 29
  • 1 Rating Star 21
  • 2 Rating Star 11

This is an old-fashioned comfort food recipe.

Karena
prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Max Servings:
6
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart casserole dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan. Stir in mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and hot sauce. Set aside.

  • Stir 1 1/2 tablespoons butter and 3 cups cheese into the drained macaroni. Pour the hot milk mixture over the cheese and macaroni. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheddar on top. Combine the bread crumbs with the melted butter, and spread over the top. Sprinkle with paprika.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, and then place under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

543.95 calories; 25.37 g protein; 39.43 g carbohydrates; 31.41 g fat; 91.9 mg cholesterol; 849.97 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

BARB MAXWELL
06/08/2004
WOW!!! This was excellent. Try using extra sharp or sharp cheddar cheese. I added about 4 oz of processed cheese (velveeta type) and about 1/2 cup sour cream just to make it even creamier. You won't taste the sour cream. Great without the breadcrumbs too. Nice comfort food. And even easier to make if you just mix everything together then add the macaroni and mix well. This insures every piece of pasta is covered.
(78)

Most helpful critical review

Anonymous
08/13/2008
This is straight out of Sandra Lee's cookbook
(10)
286 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 148
  • 4 Rating Star 77
  • 3 Rating Star 29
  • 1 Rating Star 21
  • 2 Rating Star 11
punkypower
12/04/2003
The people who had trouble with this recipe definitely didn't make it correctly. Eight ounces of macaroni means one-half pound not one cup. I mixed the cheese into the milk before adding it to the macaroni. I also used seasoned croutons in place of bread crumbs and added some bacon bits to the topping mixture. All in all a very good recipe.
(94)
BARB MAXWELL
06/08/2004
WOW!!! This was excellent. Try using extra sharp or sharp cheddar cheese. I added about 4 oz of processed cheese (velveeta type) and about 1/2 cup sour cream just to make it even creamier. You won't taste the sour cream. Great without the breadcrumbs too. Nice comfort food. And even easier to make if you just mix everything together then add the macaroni and mix well. This insures every piece of pasta is covered.
(78)
Anonymous
12/04/2003
This is NOT your Kraft shells and cheese or boxed macaroni. This recipe a typical southern style baked macaroni - chewy and creamy. Family members fight over the corner pieces. I weigh my pasta rather than measure and the recipe has turned out perfectly every time - everyone in the family loves this dish.
(60)
vblumb
01/04/2004
Great warm-weather comfort food! It sounded like it had the potential to come out greasy because of the 3 1/2 cups of Cheddar so I used half Cheddar and half Kraft Melts (4 cheese combo). It turned out nice and creamy and not runny as others might have mentioned. Keep in mind when measuring pasta they don't mean 8 fluid oz (or 1 cup). They mean 1/2 pound. I think this is what confused some people.
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Cabragg
01/19/2007
This was by far the best homemade mac and cheese I have made. It was even good the next day warmed up. I used skim milk lowfat cheddar cheese colby/jack and lowfat mozzerella. Very creamy. I did substitute crushed Ritz crackers for the bread crumbs--that's what my mom used to put on it when I was a kid--adds that buttery taste.
(31)
mouse
07/01/2006
My husband and I really liked this! Unfortunately we didn't get to taste the topping. I put it in the broiler for two minutes but I didn't stand guard: when I was ready to take it out the entire dish was on fire. My husband blew on it until it went out we silenced the smoke detector and opened the screen door and scraped off the top layer. I am probably the only person inept enough to have this outcome but I thought I'd pass the warning along just in case.
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LINDA MCLEAN
12/04/2003
As written I couldn't figure out how this could possibly become thick and creamy. So I first made a roux with butter and flour added my milk and seasonings stirred until nicely thickened turned off the heat and just kept added the cheese until I was happy with the flavor. I used cheddar and pepper jack for some spice. Very yummy!
(24)
SunnyByrd
08/23/2008
Yum - great flavor. I added about a cup of sour cream to mine because it wasn't quite creamy enough. Turned out great!
(23)
Esmee Williams
11/20/2002
Great recipe. I was skeptical at first because it seemed way too easy however it turned out great. I did alter the recipe a bit by mixing in a 1/2 cup of fat free sour cream at the end (before adding bread crumbs to the top).
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