Baked Mac ‘n Cheese is such a comfort food staple!
I’ll admit that I’ve had some Mac ‘n Cheese recipes that I just can’t get enough of! The cheese is so gooey and cheesy and just simply delish! My favorite type of baked Mac ‘n Cheese though has panko bread crumbs lightly browned on the top! It adds a nice crunch to the dish!
In my continued attempt to stay cool during this extremely hot and dry Summer, I’ve been thinking about Fall and comfort foods! So I came up with this Baked Mac ‘n Cheese recipe last night and the family felt this was the best one ever! Even my picky teen declared, “this is SOOOO good”!
- 1/2 stick salted butter
- 1/2 box elbow macaroni (prepared according to directions)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 can Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
- 7 oz block of smoked mozzarella (diced)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 375 and prepare the casserole dish you want to bake the Mac 'n Cheese in. I always spray mine with cooking spray so the cheese and noodles don't stick.
- Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan
- After the butter is melted, whisk in the flour and let the mixture cook for a minute or so over medium heat. Stir constantly so the mixture doesn't stick to the pan and burn.
- Then slowly stir the milk in and stir until smooth. Cook the roux for about 5 minutes. Stir constantly so the mixture doesn't burn.
- Once the roux is ready, starting adding all of the beautiful cheese! Stir in the sour cream, the cheddar cheese soup and the diced smoked mozzarella.
- When all of that delicious cheese has blended together,
- then it's time to mix the cheese sauce and the prepared macaroni and pour it into a prepared casserole dish. Top with the shredded cheese and the panko bread crumbs.
- Bake @375 for 20 minutes. Then put it under the broiler for 5 minutes on low.
Sometimes in life we need good old fashioned soul food. Food that brings comfort to our heart and soul. Normally those foods contain major calories, however, when you are eating it to nourish your soul, there are no calories as calories don’t count then!
The smoked mozzarella in this recipe added a really nice gentle smoky flavor to the mac and cheese.
I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine did!
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