Tasty Baked Mac n Cheese

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I love this recipe because it's taken me so long to actually get a good tasting noodle and not just a good tasting piece of cheese on top. This recipe was just trial and error and it's really really good in my opinion. I'm really looking for feedback on this recipe. Thanks so much! This is really good even days after for leftovers. The cheese remelts and the flavor really sets in. Enjoy!

close up view of Baked Mac n Cheese in a glass baking dish, and Mac n Cheese on white plates
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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter, softened - divided

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mild Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until almost cooked through and firm to the bite, about 7 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle macaroni with 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir 1/2 cup butter into the pasta.

  3. Mix 1/4 cup butter, sour cream, cream cheese, sharp Cheddar cheese, and egg yolk together in a bowl. Stir flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and milk into the sour cream mixture.

  4. Spread 1/4 cup sour cream sauce over bottom of prepared baking dish. Stir remaining sour cream sauce into macaroni. Pour macaroni into baking dish atop sauce layer; sprinkle mild Cheddar cheese over the casserole.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and cheese topping has melted, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

I used the salted butter and also for the half stick, I used Land O'Lakes(R) sea salt and olive oil butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

455 Calories
30g Fat
31g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 455
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 532mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 330mg 25%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 187mg 4%

* 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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