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Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe with Evaporated Milk

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 mac version is indulgent and filling, and everyone will come back for more of the flavorful dish.

Plus, it’s really easy to prepare – perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. So give it a try today! You won’t be disappointed.

The Ultimate Comfort Food

Mac and cheese on a blue plate

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make The Easy Baked Mac?

  • Elbow macaroni noodles
  • Evaporated milk
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Butter
  • Bread crumbs (or Panko crumbs)
  • Pinch of salt and ground pepper

A full printable recipe with measurements and instructions is listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

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 is an old family recipe and stays in their meal rotation because the kids love the gooey cheesy recipe, and it’s easy to make. We’re all about easy recipes around this house.

Plus, picky eaters love this classic macaroni.

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is one of the most comforting recipes out there. The pasta noodles are cheap. This recipe will feed your entire family, with leftovers.

How To Make Baked Mac And Cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Cook pasta noodles in water according to the box, drain, and set aside.
  3. Add the sour cream and parmesan cheese to a large bowl.
  4. Next, add the cooked noodles and mix well.
  5. Pour the evaporated milk into the bowl.
  6. Add two cups of shredded cheese and mix well.
  7. Add the ingredients to the baking dish and top with the remainder of the shredded cheese.
  8. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top of the dish.
  9. Dice the butter and place on top of the breadcrumbs.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes uncovered.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Cook the macaroni noodles according to the box directions. Drain and set aside.

(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.

Easy Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese is an easy and cheap supper to fix. It's a cheesy, creamy, and filling meal that will fill everyone up and have leftovers!

In a medium-sized bowl, add the sour cream and parmesan cheese. Add the cooked pasta and stir until well blended.

Easy Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese is an easy and cheap supper to fix. It's a cheesy, creamy, and filling meal that will fill everyone up and have leftovers!

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 it will still taste good.

I would use whole milk if you decide to go that route.

The combination of ingredients creates a creamy sauce that is an out-of-this-world tasty and comforting meal.

Easy Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese is an easy and cheap supper to fix. It's a cheesy, creamy, and filling meal that will fill everyone up and have leftovers!

Pour into a 13″ x 9″ greased casserole dish. Sprinkle 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.

You can get a block of Monterey Jack cheese and shred it, or use pepperjack cheese, mozzarella cheese, white cheddar cheese, or just about any of your favorites to switch it up now and again.

And, by all means, if you want more cheese, be sure to add it! When it bakes up, the cheese sauce is incredibly delicious.

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.

Easy Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese is an easy and cheap supper to fix. It's a cheesy, creamy, and filling meal that will fill everyone up and have leftovers!

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 seasonings 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.

Another option is to melt the butter and toss the bread crumbs in the melted butter before sprinkling it over the top. You’ll end up with delicious buttery bread crumbs.

Easy Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese is an easy and cheap supper to fix. It's a cheesy, creamy, and filling meal that will fill everyone up and have leftovers!

The creamy mac and cheese recipe will make about ten servings, so it will go a long way. The end result is fantastic, and it will be a hit at family dinners or any gathering!

And, if you happen to have any leftovers 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.

Optional Ingredients For Loaded Mac And Cheese:

  • Bell peppers
  • Crispy bacon (the flavors in bacon mac is out-of-this-world delish)
  • Caramelized onions on top
  • A dash of hot sauce (add some spicy flavor)
  • Cooked ground beef (and make it a full meal)
  • Cayenne pepper (make it a fun and spicy meal)
  • Diced green onions
  • Garlic powder or minced garlic

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.

More Great Recipes To Serve With Baked Mac And Cheese

How To Store The Mac And Cheese

You can store the mac and cheese in an airtight container or cover it with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator.

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The ultimate comfort food, mac and cheese, is a family favorite. This baked version combines a creamy and crunchy texture in every bite–it’s perfect for any dinner recipe.

Plus, it’s really easy to prepare, so give this dish a try today. You won’t be disappointed.

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is one of the most comforting recipes out there. The pasta noodles are cheap. This recipe will feed your entire family, with leftovers.

The Best Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe with Evaporated Milk

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This really is the best baked macaroni and cheese recipe with evaporated milk. The cheesy meal combines a creamy and crunchy texture in every bite. The mac and cheese dinner is filling and everyone will come back for more. 

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni noodles
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
    2. Cook the macaroni noodles according to the directions on the box.
    3. In a large bowl, add the sour cream and parmesan cheese.
    4. Add the cooked noodles to the bowl and mix until well blended.
    5. Pour the can of evaporated milk into the bowl and mix.
    6. Add 2 cups of the cheddar cheese and mix.
    7. Pour the bowl of ingredients into a greased 13" x 9" casserole dish.
    8. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and top with bread crumbs.
    9. Cut up the butter and place in different spots on top of the dish.
    10. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
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.

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Easy Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese is an easy and cheap supper to fix. It's a cheesy, creamy, and filling meal that will fill everyone up and have leftovers!

Ellen Shinn

Sunday 24th of December 2023

I followed this recipe with no deviation and it turned out very dry - not creamy like I expected. Any ideas on what went wrong or how I could fix it? The taste was good but the texture was lacking.

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 24th of December 2023

Hi Ellen,

I am not sure why it would come out dry. Maybe try cooking it covered with aluminum foil and then taking that off the last five minutes to toast the bread crumbs. I will cook it again after the holidays.

Shawny

Monday 20th of November 2023

Do you use Italian or plain breadcrumbs?

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 21st of November 2023

I usually use what I have on hand. I like Italian because they have some seasoning in them. But, you can use plain or even Panko breadcrumbs.

Alex

Thursday 17th of November 2022

Hi! For the parmesan cheese, is it the powder kind or fresh kind?

Julie Pollitt

Friday 18th of November 2022

Hi, you can use powdered for this recipe. Enjoy!

Laurie

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Is it 16 oz of dry elbow macaroni or 16 oz of cooked elbow macaroni? Thanks!!

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Hi Laurie, I use 16 ounces of dry elbow macaroni. Enjoy!

Irene

Sunday 29th of May 2022

This was the best baked macaroni I have ever tried. I did use crushed ritz crackers instead of the bread crumbs on top. Thank you so muvh

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 29th of May 2022

Hi Irene,

I'm so glad to hear that. My fried shared that recipe with me, so I will have to tell her. Ritz crackers sounds absolutely wonderful. I will have to try that next time.

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