Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy-Macaroni-and-CheeseIngredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided (I use Cracker Barrel)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I use Cracker Barrel)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni, cooked

Directions:

  1. In a big skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk the flour in gradually until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Cook and whisk continually for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic; stir to combine.
  5. Gradually whisk in half-and-half and milk.
  6. Cook and whisk continually for 8-10 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
  7. Add in half of the sharp cheddar cheese; stir.
  8. Add in all of the extra-sharp cheddar cheese; stir until smooth.
  9. Take skillet off stove burner.
  10. Mix together the cooked macaroni and cheese mixture; transfer to a greased 13×9 inch casserole dish.
  11. Sprinkle with the remaining sharp cheddar cheese.
  12. Bake in a 350° oven for 20 minutes (may need to bake longer for a crispy top).

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings: 8

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