Old School Mac n’ Cheese

Old School Mac n’ Cheese This is a completely unpretentious, down-home macaroni and cheese recipe just like my grandma and mom always made. A simple white sauce where you add cheese and a few other flavors with macaroni and a potato chip crust. This recipe makes a lot, I like to make two pans so I can take one to a pot luck and have the other one to keep in the fridge for later. It’s an easy recipe to adjust down if you only want to make one pan. If you aren’t cooking it right away, just keep the topping separate until you are ready to put it in the oven.

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 30 mins

    COOK : 45 mins

    TOTAL : 1 hr 15 mins

    SERVING : 20

    YIELD : 20 servings

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.

  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Slowly add flour to butter, whisking constantly; cook until brown and the mixture no longer smells of flour, about 5 minutes. Pour 1 cup milk into the flour mixture, whisking continually until fully incorporated, about 45 seconds; repeat twice. Add remaining 3 cups milk to the mixture, whisking to incorporate. Stir Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper into the mixture; season with salt and black pepper.

  • Reduce heat to low. Cook sauce, whisking frequently, until it begins to thicken, about 10 minutes. Add about half the package of shredded Cheddar cheese; stir continually until the cheese melts completely. Repeat with remaining half package of Cheddar cheese and the American cheese, about 4 ounces at a time. Once cheese is entirely incorporated, remove sauce from heat.

  • Stir drained macaroni into the cheese sauce to coat. Divide macaroni between two 9×13-inch baking dishes.

  • Mix crushed potato chips, 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Top the macaroni with the potato chip mixture evenly. Spray the potato chip mixture with cooking spray.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the crust is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling, 35 to 45 minutes.

Per Serving: 507 calories; protein 21.5g; carbohydrates 40.2g; fat 30.1g; cholesterol 75.9mg; sodium 783.4mg.