Baked mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food that goes with any dinner recipe. The cheesy meal is a family favorite and combines a creamy and crunchy texture in every bite.
This baked version is filling and everyone will come back for more.
Macaroni and cheese is one of the most comforting meals out there and I’ll take it just about any way I can get it.
It’s definitely one of our favorite foods, and it’s good enough you can eat it at any meal and on special occasions.
I got this recipe from a friend and she said it stays in their meal rotation because the kids love it and it’s easy to make. We’re all about easy recipes around this house.
Got a Picky Eater? They Will Love Classic Macaroni
I’ve always been a bit of a picky eater. Thankfully, I am a little better now and will try more things.
Years ago, I was dating a guy that took me to his nephew’s high school football game. I hadn’t eaten supper for some reason and I was starving. His sister was a sweetie and offered to go grab us a potato from the concession stand.
When she returned, the potato was covered in sour cream (don’t laugh at me for my pickiness-ha!).
I was trying to figure out how to NOT eat the potato, covered in sour cream that his sister bought, without being totally rude. My mom and dad had drilled manners right on into me.
Needless to say, there was no way to avoid the potato. I ate it. AND I LOVED IT! How had I gone for so many years without eating sour cream?
I know, it’s sad. I was a crazy girl for not trying it before that night. So, now, I eat it on everything! And, the best mac tastes amazing with sour cream.
What Ingredients Do I Need To Make The Easy Baked Mac?
Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
- Elbow macaroni noodles
- Evaporated milk
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Parmesan cheese
- Bread crumbs (or Panko crumbs)
Cook the macaroni noodles according to the box directions.
(I buy elbow macaroni noodles at Publix on BOGO, or Aldi’s. Aldi’s has a box of 32-ounce noodles at a great price).
Once you cook the noodles, drain and place the macaroni to the side.
In a medium-sized bowl, add the sour cream and parmesan cheese. Add the cooked pasta and stir until well blended.
Add the evaporated milk and two cups of cheese and blend well.
The recipe calls for evaporated milk, but if you don’t have it, you can add regular milk to the recipe instead. It won’t be as rich, but will still taste good.
I would use whole milk if you decide to go that route.
The combination of ingredients creates a creamy cheese sauce that is an out-of-this-world tasty and comforting meal.
Pour into a 13″ x 9″ greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese over the pasta mixture.
We like to use sharp cheddar cheese because it gives the homemade mac a bit of a bite. But, you can use any type of cheese that is your favorite.
And, by all means, if you want more cheese be sure to add it! I am a cheese lover so, I like to try different kinds of cheese, and you can never have too much cheese as far as I am concerned.
Top with bread crumbs and butter. Bake uncovered in the oven at 350-degrees for 30 minutes.
You can use any flavor of breadcrumbs. I had plain bread crumbs on hand, but you can combine breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning or parmesan cheese for a bit of a different flavor.
Panko bread crumbs are also a great addition and will add a little more crunch.
The creamy mac and cheese recipe will make about 10 servings, so it will go a long way.
And, if you happen to have any leftover the next day, it reheats well and still tastes fantastic.
I’m hoping the family will love this so much it will become part of your regular rotation.
Who invented macaroni and cheese?
We’re not quite sure who invented mac and cheese, but we are sure thankful for them.
According to Wikipedia, the recipe was first written down in 1770 in Elizabeth Raffald’s book, The Experienced English Housekeeper. So, the recipe has been around a long time.
Ms. Raffaldi made a bechamel macaroni and cheese, so you know that was a delicious recipe with a French-inspired twist.
What To Serve With Baked Mac And Cheese
- Baked buttermilk chicken strips
- Baked chicken and ranch dinner
- Ritz Cracker chicken casserole
- Salmon patties
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A Coleslaw
- Green beans and bacon
- Collard greens from Julia’s Simply Southern
- 16 oz. elbow macaroni noodles
- 12 oz. evaporated milk
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
- Cook the macaroni noodles according to the directions on the box.
- In a large bowl, add the sour cream and parmesan cheese.
- Add the cooked noodles to the bowl and mix until well blended.
- Pour the can of evaporated milk into the bowl and mix.
- Add 2 cups of the cheddar cheese and mix.
- Pour the bowl of ingredients into a greased 13" x 9" casserole dish.
- Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and top with bread crumbs.
- Cut up the butter and place in different spots on top of the dish.
- Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 511mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 16g
Nutrition is approximate.