Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Many of us have grown up eating Macaroni and Cheese out of a box. The image of a cardboard box with two plastic bags inside of the ingredients they call mac and cheese. Around our home we try to stay away from these processed foods, we actually take the time and make our own homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese Casserole. Believe it or not even the grandchildren love our macaroni and cheese casserole. It is so good this is one of our main side dishes at the holidays.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of uncooked macaroni
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of breadcrumbs or panko
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups of milk
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of flour
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups of grated monterey jack cheese
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsps. of salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Bring about 6 cups of water to a boil. Add 2 tsps. of salt to the boiling water. After water came to a boil add the uncooked macaroni and cook till the pasta is al dente.
  • Drain pasta and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and add heavy cream and milk. Mix these ingredients well.
  • In a separate sauce pan melt butter and add the cheeses and stir continuously. Once cheese is melted and mixed into the butter add the eggs, milk and cream. Whisk constantly and add pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Take a 9×13 casserole dish coat interior with cooking spray.

Topping:

  • Melt a ¼ cup of butter and add bread-crumbs or panko in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook till brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes the cheese should be bubbling after about 20 minutes time.

For a little variation:

  • For a little different taste add some chopped onion or ham pieces or fry off some bacon and crumble the bacon and mix into the cheese. Anyone one of these three will give the baked macaroni and cheese a different flair.
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Tom

I have always had an enthusiasm for homesteading and for living off the grid even though I live in a combination of country and urban setting. Living in Central Florida north of the big cities we have the best of both worlds, country and the conveniences that a person would have living in a large urban city. I personally have had a concern about our weakening economy and how it effects each and every-one of us. The second thing that I have a concern about is how most of the world view’s our country and what may happen one day here in the United States. My Life Experiences I was raised by parents that grew up during the great depression, they passed onto me what life was like and how people had to live during this time period. My family were farmers, gardeners, and homesteaders, they were raised this way and they passed onto me these qualities. I also have family members that live totally off the grid. They live in the North Woods of Minnesota which is a great location for living off the grid. The Southern Homesteader is a passion of mine, I love passing on and sharing information about cooking, news, being self-sufficient, living off the grid, canning, food storage, budgeting, and much more. Since this blog is a passion of mine I am constantly adding and tweaking this site to be a better resource for you. More About Me I grew up in Northern Illinois farm fields. After spending most of my life in large corporate business I decided to relocate to a small town on the nature coast of Central Florida. This is where I met my wife and between us we have 4 wonderful daughters. We have a small homestead where we raise our chicken and live freely. We also have a bug-out place in the mountains of North Carolina that we call our retreat. We spend time there getting things prepared for all our family members when SHTF. I am blessed with a wonderful family and the knowledge that God has given me so I can pass this along to you the readers. I will never tell what you what to do or what to purchase, I just am offering my opinion. I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you. Always feel free to contact me and drop me a note. I will do my best to respond to your emails in a timely manner. Thank you again, Tom Johnson