I LOVE a good macaroni and cheese! I cannot have Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter without baked macaroni and cheese being front and center. It’s a requirement for me. I feel like mac and cheese compliments everything that I love such as, candied yams collard greens, brown stew chicken, or some of my favorite chicken dishes. I’ve had a lot of macaroni and cheese, and i’m sure you have too, but I wanted to take sometime to really develop a recipe that I really really liked and I did just that! This creamy baked macaroni & cheese recipe is a hit and it has the basic characteristics of an amazing mac and cheese. It’s covered in a nice golden top with a creamy cheesy bake throughout; it the best!
How to make Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Boil the elbows macaroni until al dente. You want the pasta to be slightly undercooked because it will continue to cook in the oven.
In a large pot, melt the butter and bring it to a low boil and then add the flour. Whisk your butter and flour together until the mixture is smooth and creamy looking. Stir or whisk continuously for one full minute.
Add in the half & half and heavy whipping cream and continue to stir or whisk, over medium high heat. I prefer whisking because you want to make sure that your flour doesn’t settle at the bottom and that it is fully cooked into the liquid. Also, add in the seasonings at this point. After about 5 minutes the mixture should thicken and come to a boil. Once it begins to boil, turn the heat down to low.
Fold in the cheese blend. I do not recommend using pre-shredded cheese for this recipe because the cheese doesn’t melt as evenly as freshly grated cheese. For my mac and cheese I use smoked gouda, white cheddar, Colby jack, and a small slice of velveeta cheese. You can use your favorites but I do recommend the smoked gouda! Add in the sour cream and mix everything together until it’s smooth and creamy.
Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and mix well. Pour the macaroni and cheese into a deep casserole dish and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30-35 minutes.