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How to Make a Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

When looking for the ultimate comfort food this classic baked macaroni & cheese is bound to hit the spot. The use of multiple cheeses makes this recipe irresistable.

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Hey, everyone! I'm Judith with recipe.com and today I'm gonna be showing you how to make a Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese, the quintessential comfort food. So, what you're gonna need is 1 quart of whole milk which we've heated. We have in here 2 cups of sharp white cheddar cheese mixed with 1 cup of Monterey Jack Cheese. We have 1 pound of elbow macaroni pasta, uncooked. We have 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. We have 1 medium onion which we've diced, 2 cups of bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, some kosher salt and black pepper, 1 bay leaf, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 sprig of fresh thyme, and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves which we've chopped. Behind me, I have a large pot of boiling salted water going now getting ready for our macaroni and right here, I have a large skillet. If you want, you can use a large pot or a Dutch oven and this is where we're gonna make our cheesy concoction. So, first of all I'm gonna get that to a medium heat and I'm gonna put in my butter. Let that melt and I'm gonna add in my onion and a pinch of salt. So, as our onions softening about, we're gonna add our macaroni into our boiling salted water. We wanna nice and al dente about 8 to 9 minutes. So, our onions are about done now, so it's time to add in our flour. So, we're just gonna mix this in with a wooden spoon till the mixture gets slightly darker, thickens up a little bit like so about 1 to 2 minutes. And now, we can stir in our mustard as well. So, we're gonna get our whisk out because now it's time to get our milk and add that in. So, we wanna try to avoid getting it lumpy, so at the beginning try and go slow when you whisk it and we're just gonna add the milk in a little bit at a time, whisk that in there. So, once all the milk is in, it's time to add in our herbs. So, in goes our bay leaf, our thyme sprig, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. We'll switch back to our wooden spoon. We'll give that a good stir. Now, we wanna reduce that to a simmer and let that simmer there for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. So, it's about 15 minutes, we've let that mixture simmer nicely and all we wanna do is remove our thyme sprig now and our bay leaf. So, you can discard that. You don't wanna be eating those ones. So, now it's time to add in our cheese. So, we're gonna be adding in our sharp cheddar cheese and our Monterey Jack. So, we'll add that in until it all melts, so give it a good stir in the mixture and that's gonna produce a lovely cheesy thick mixture for our macaroni, delicious. So, let's stir that all in there until it melts. So, as that cheese is melting, let's add in our dash of Tabasco, to give it a good little kick and Worcestershire sauce and we can stir that in and that's gonna give some great flavor to our sauce. So, our macaroni pasta is now ready, we've drained it in the colander, we put it in our large pot again and all we'll gonna do now is add in our cheese mixture to our macaroni, so we're gonna stir that all together. So, once all of that is melted which is just about as now, take it off the heat and we'll put that in there. So, we are stirring that beautiful cheesy mixture and with the pasta. That's looking amazing, smelling gorgeous as well. Oh, [unk], really, really indulgent. So, we have our baking dish right here which we've lightly sprayed with cooking spray and now we're just gonna add this beautiful macaroni-cheese mixture. So, we'll pour all of that into there-- and Mac and Cheese is such a great recipe because it's economical. It's not expensive to get these ingredients and it goes a long way. Look at all these, you can make with just those little ingredients that you need. Fantastic, spread it around a little into our baking dish. Great, that's looking fantastic. We'll just set that aside one moment and we're gonna create now our lovely bread crumb-cheesy mixture to put on top of our Macaroni and Cheese, so it's nice and golden brown. So, we're gonna add in our bread crumbs, our cheese goes in there to, nice Parmesan cheese there. Half a teaspoon of salt in there, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and our fresh thyme, really lovely aromatic flavor as well as our olive oil and we're gonna mix all of that together. That's ready now to put on top, just sprinkle on top of our Macaroni and Cheese. Okay, so for the fun part, let's just sprinkle that over and that's gonna make our Macaroni and Cheese nice and crisp golden brown. Everyone's gonna want a bite of this. It's a great one to serve at parties or at a buffet. So, this is now ready to put in our oven. We've pre-heated our oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and we're gonna bake that now for about 15 minutes until the top gets a nice golden brown. So, we've taken our Macaroni and Cheese out of the oven, it was in there for about 15 minutes. As you can see, the topping is a lovely golden brown and that is just waiting to be eaten. Invite your friends around, get a good movie on and took in to this Mac and Cheese. It's really, really simple and quite fast to make. That's how you make your Classic baked Macaroni and Cheese. Well, thanks for watching everyone. For more great recipes and savings, go to the recipe.com.