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Cheesy Mac And Cheese

A tasty, cheesy mac and cheese that will leave you coming back for seconds! A family favorite recipe for many years to come.

When the temperature starts to fall I always crave comfort food. Cheesy mac and cheese is definitely a huge weakness of mine and a HUGE family favourite. Noodles {carbs} covered in cheese? Yes, please! #carbload

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THE BEST CHEESE TO USE

Marble, Monterey Jack, Medium Cheddar, etc. They are all great choices.

My favourite cheese to use in this recipe is marble cheese. Marble is light tasting and creamy. You can use other cheeses like Monterey Jack or any cheddar cheese. If you want to add a little sharpness to your cheesy mac and cheese try adding some medium cheddar cheese. The bolder the cheese the bolder the taste.

I have made this recipe with both medium cheddar cheese and marble. My husband prefers marble cheese, as he isn’t a fan of sharp-tasting cheese. I, on the other hand, enjoy this recipe made with medium cheese in place of marble. Both taste great! If you are making this for the family I highly recommend using marble cheese.

PREPARING MAC AND CHEESE IN ADVANCE

Make this dish ahead of time for meal prep.

You can prepare this dish in advance to pop in the oven on a busy day. If you make it ahead of time refrigerate for up to two days. I have done this from time to time, to save time on a busy day, but still serve a nice hot meal.

Tip: make sure the casserole is completely cool before refrigerating. Also, take note that it will take longer to heat through if baking right out of the fridge. I recommend allowing the dish to warm to room temp before baking.

SPICE IT UP

If you are looking to add additional flavour, toss in some herbs and spices.

You can add herbs and spices like garlic powder, dried chives or parsley, everyday seasoning, or seasonings of your choice. If you want to spice the dish up a bit, add some red pepper flakes or even cayenne pepper.

I have tried spicing this recipe up with some parsley in the past to give the dish more colour and flavour. It tasted great, but honestly, this recipe made plain, as is, is absolutely perfect.

If you want to create a more “balanced” meal, you could add some broccoli florets and cooked chicken breast chunks!

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The secret to this family favourite is black pepper {more than just a taste 😉}, onion and the extra cheese {yessss, cheese… give me all the cheese}.

PS. Here are some more cheesy recipes to try:

Yield: 6

Mac and Cheese

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Cheesy noodles, mac and cheese that will leave you coming back for more!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 454g cut whole-grain macaroni or noodle of your choice
  • 4-5 cups of light marble cheese
  • 1/2 of a large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of salted butter (heaping)
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Spray Olive Oil
  • Black pepper to taste (extra if you want a little kick)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook noodles according to the directions on the box
  3. While the noodles cook, grate your cheese and chop your onion.
  4. Prepare a round or rectangular baking dish with spray oil, completely lining the bottom and sides
  5. Once noodles are cooked, drain off the water using a strainer, return hot noodles to the hot pot they were cooked in, add in the butter, the chopped onion and mix together.
  6. Place a thin layer of noodles in your greased baking dish, add a layer of cheese and sprinkle with black pepper.
  7. Add another thin layer of noodles, covering the cheese below and top with more cheese, and a sprinkle of black pepper, continuing to layer, making 3-4 layers, top the top layer with remaining cheese, and some black pepper and drizzle with milk.
  8. Spray some tin foil with some oil (to prevent cheese from sticking to top) and cover the casserole.
  9. Place casserole in the oven for 30-35 minutes until cheese is melted, remove the tin foil and bake for an additional 4-6 minutes to brown up the cheese.
  10. Remove casserole from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes uncovered to set.
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