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Allie's Delicious Macaroni and Cheese

Rated as 4.24 out of 5 Stars

"I took my grandmother's basic, but delicious, recipe and improved it. Very creamy and cheesy! Unlike any you've ever tasted!! Well worth the prep time. Get all the ingredients together first and it will be a cinch to prepare."
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Ingredients

1 h servings 612 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then whisk in warm milk a little at a time to make a white sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Mix in salt, pepper, and cayenne, and stir frequently until sauce thickens.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheddar, mozzarella, jack and ham. Combine pasta with sauce and stir well. Pour into baking dish. Use paprika to make a decorative pattern on top. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, or until top is the desired crispiness. Let rest 20 minutes before serving.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 612 calories; 34.1 g fat; 43.3 g carbohydrates; 32.1 g protein; 110 mg cholesterol; 802 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I LOVE this recipe! I remember making mac n cheese from scratch when I was a lot younger and was looking for a recipe that would give me that great taste. This is it!!! I left out the ham, us...

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I took advice from other reviewers and made some changes. I used a quart of half & half (instead of milk). I added a tsp of ground mustard & tsp of worchesh sauce. I also added some onion. I...

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I took advice from other reviewers and made some changes. I used a quart of half & half (instead of milk). I added a tsp of ground mustard & tsp of worchesh sauce. I also added some onion. I...

I LOVE this recipe! I remember making mac n cheese from scratch when I was a lot younger and was looking for a recipe that would give me that great taste. This is it!!! I left out the ham, us...

This was terrific macaroni and cheese! Per RUBENETTE'S suggestion, I also left out the ham, used 12 oz macaroni, and added a teaspoon each of ground mustard and worcestershire sauce. I also add...

EXCELLENT! I didn't make the recipe verbatim though. I read a few reviews and made a few changes and it was wonderful. Instead of using cubes of the three different kinds of cheeses, I used 4...

Wonderful!! I thought this was the best mac n' cheese I've ever made. Even my husband who does not eat usually eat mac and cheese asked when I was going to make it again. I made a few changes...

I made this once on a whim, and have made it several times since. It's one of our household favorites. I try to make it at least once a month; if I don't, I am sure to be reminded and asked! ...

I loved this recipe!I didn't use the ham,though. And whoever said to add a smoked gouda cheese to this recipe..was wrong! If you are using this recipe for the first time, do not listen to that p...

I made this last night and followed the directions perfectly and was disappointed. I am a cheese lover so I thought the amount of cheese it called for was fine, but upon tasting it, the dish ha...

YUM! I doubled the amount of ham and used shredded cheeses so they would melt easier. It is really important that the milk be warm in order for the sauce to come together properly too. I just...