Baked Mac and Cheese
A recipe like creamy, homemade Baked Mac and Cheese doesn’t come along every day… even though you wish it did. Thank goodness it’s so easy to make, right down to the garlic butter breadcrumbs.
divided, plus extra for buttering the dish
shredded cheddar or gouda cheese
shredded alpine-style or Monterey jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2 1/2 quart or larger casserole dish.
Bring 4 quarts and 1 tablespoon salt to a rolling boil. Add macaroni and cook until just al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well. Do not overcook and do not rinse macaroni.
Return pot to stovetop. Over medium heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter until foaming. Whisk in flour and cook until bubbling but not browned, about 1 minute.
Whisk in milk and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until melted.
Fold in macaroni and stir until uniformly combined. Season to taste with salt and hot sauce, if desired. Pour into prepared casserole dish.
In a medium bowl, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in microwave. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add breadcrumbs and toss until evenly coated.
Pour breadcrumbs over macaroni. Bake until sauce is bubbling and breadcrumbs have browned, 30 to 40 minutes.