2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

February 5, 2016
2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe ~ This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce.  Pure comfort food at it's best!

2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese ~ This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce.  Pure comfort food at it's best!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


You know those comfort foods you remember so fondly from your childhood?  Those you just totally loved and got so excited when your Mom made them?  This 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe is one of those dishes for me.

Well, actually this 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese isn't exactly  what Mom used to make ...
True-to-form for me, I started with Mom's fabulous recipe and then changed it up a little bit.  Because changing things up to see if I can make great recipes even better is just what I love to do!

In this case, I kept Mom's basic baked macaroni and cheese recipe ... complete with an easy-to-make white sauce that makes the mac & cheese bake up extra creamy ... and changed the recipe a tiny bit to include two kinds of delicious cheddar cheese.

The result?

Pure comfort food deliciousness in a pan!  And even better than the baked macaroni and cheese of my childhood memories.

2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese ~ This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce.  Pure comfort food at it's best!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

To make Mom's classic dish, layer cooked macaroni and cheese in a baking dish.  For Mom's version, use all shredded Vermont white cheddar cheese.  To make my 'updated' 2-cheese baked macaroni and cheese recipe, I chose a combination of Vermont white cheddar cheese and mild orange cheddar.  I recommend using block cheese that you shred yourself, as it tends to melt better and be creamier than packaged pre-shredded cheese.

Once the macaroni and cheese are layered, top it all with a layer of thick-and-creamy, easy-to-make white sauce ...

2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese ~ This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce.  Pure comfort food at it's best!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

... and then add on a final layer of cheese.  {Because it's just not macaroni and cheese without lots of cheese, right??}

2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese ~ This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce.  Pure comfort food at it's best!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Bake everything up until the cheese is melty and just beginning to lightly brown ... and the creamy white sauce is all hot and bubbly ...

2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese ~ This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce.  Pure comfort food at it's best!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Then dig in to pure comfort food deliciousness in a pan!  And with this 2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe, that deliciousness is even better than Mom's baked mac and cheese of my childhood memories.

2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese ~ This classic side dish is made extra creamy & delicious with 2 cheeses and an easy-to-make white sauce.  Pure comfort food at it's best!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


2-Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Source:  My Mom
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 c. (8 oz.) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 c. grated Vermont white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. grated mild orange cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish {optional}
Directions
  1. Cook macaroni in salted water; drain. Combine cheeses..
  2. In a 1 & 1/2-quart baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray, layer macaroni and cheese in this order: 1. 1/2 of the macaroni, 2. one cup cheese mixture, 3. remaining macaroni, and 4. one cup cheese mixture. Set aside.
  3. Prepare white sauce: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and whisk in flour. Return to heat and gradually whisk in milk. Add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring; boil gently for one minute.
  4. Pour white sauce evenly over the top of the casserole. Top with remaining one cup cheese mixture.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned. Sprinkle top with chopped parsley, if desired.
Enjoy!


Please enjoy these other comfort food dishes from The Kitchen is My Playground ...

5-Cheese Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Corn Pudding

Classic Parmesan Risotto Recipe


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2 comments

  1. Now this looks like a legit mac & cheese! I love how simple the ingredients are- totally delish!

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  2. I love Macaroni and Cheese, your recipe looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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