I love mac n cheese. I don’t know many people who don’t (except for my oldest son, Noah, who claims he doesn’t like cheese). But that’s fine because it doesn’t stop me from making this deliciousness or any other recipe with cheese. (Side note: he eats pizza, so it doesn’t make any sense to me! Oh well, maybe its just a phase, a really long phase.) We traveled up to Door County, Wisconsin this past summer. We go a few times a year because my brother in law and his wife own a wonderful vacation home up there, so we tend to visit there often. If you’ve never been, I suggest you try to make a trip some day. But anyway, we were out to eat, and we finally convinced Noah to try a cheese curd. It took a bit of persuading, but he finally did, and to my amazement, he loved it! His exact words were “I’ve been missing out!” In my mind I thought YES he will eat cheese now. 🙁 Unfortunately it was short lived because that was the last time I could convince him to try something with cheese in it! That doesn’t mean I don’t trick him on occasion. But he doesn’t need to know that, shh. My twins on the other hand love mac n cheese or anything with cheese. Two out of three is not so bad! When I make this mac n cheese, they are at least happy about it.
I prepared this for our huge family Thanksgiving, which serves at least 65 people every year! My Aunt, Grandma and cousin are amazing and get this whole thing put together. The dish I bring is this creamy and delicious mac n cheese, which I make a double batch. To me it tastes different when I just make one batch verses doubling it up. Not sure why, but no one seems to care or have any complaints at Thanksgiving.
Try this one out and let me know your thoughts. Enjoy!
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 4 cups milk
- 6 Tbsp butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups sharp cheddar, grated
- 2 cups gouda, grated
- ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp salt ( or to taste )
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In a large pot boil salted water and cook noodles according to directions on package. Drain well
- In sauce pan or in microwave warm milk ( do not boil )
- In large pan with high sides melt butter
- Add flour and whisk until well combined about 2 minutes
- While whisking slowly add warm milk and cook for about 2 minutes whisking until thickened
- Turn off heat and add the cheddar, gouda, pepper and salt and stir until well combined and cheese is melted
- Pour into a 13x9 baking dish
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until a slight golden color appears on top
- This recipe feeds 6-8 for a meal and 10-12 for a side