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Oven Baked Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

I. love. cheese. Let me just put that out there. And I love a creamy macaroni and cheese. This recipe is easy to put together and is sure to become a family favorite!

I’ve used the pre-shredded Kroger cheddar cheese before and have also spent nearly $10 on cheddar in the specialty cheese section. They both tasted great, and I can’t honestly say that spending that $10 was worth it!

And, you don’t have to bake this in the oven after cooking your cheese sauce. But I like to put it in the oven to get a thin crispy layer of cheese on top. More cheese please. Can you ever really have too much cheese?

Oven Baked Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese
Serves 4
Super cheesy and creamy.
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Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces macaroni*
  2. 4 Tbl butter
  3. 4 Tbl flour
  4. 2 cups whole milk
  5. 2/3 C heavy cream
  6. 1 tsp mustard powder
  7. 1 tsp kosher salt
  8. 1/2 tsp pepper
  9. 3 C shredded cheddar
Instructions
  1. Cook the macaroni to al dente according to package directions, rinse with cool water and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, stir in flour and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the milk and whisk to smooth with flour.
  4. Once the milk has thickened, add the cream, mustard powder, salt, pepper and 2 C of the shredded cheddar. Stir until all cheese has melted and sauce is smooth.
  5. Add in your macaroni and stir until mixed well. At this point, you can serve it from the stove, or you can put it in a 2 quart dish and bake in the oven. If baking, top with remaining 1 C of cheddar and bake in oven at 350 degrees until cheese has browned on top.
Notes
  1. *To make this a little healthier, I use Tinkyada Pasta Joy brown rice noodles. They are the best gluten free noodle - not mushy at all!
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