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Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

Baked macaroni and cheese is a must at any holiday gathering. Impress the in-laws with the Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese. This baked macaroni and cheese recipe will be the creamiest, cheesiest and biggest hit with kids and adults alike.

Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 25 min

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups small elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/4 cups extra-sharp cheddar cheese (5 oz), cubed
  • 2 2/3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups half and half
  • 1 1/3 cups whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups packed extra-sharp cheese (5 oz), grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
     
  2. Lightly butter 9x13x2-inch glass baking dish.
     
  3. Cook macaroni in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta. Transfer to prepared dish.
     
  4. Mix in cubed cheese.
     
  5. Whisk flour, salt, mustard, black pepper, cayenne pepper and nutmeg in medium bowl until no lumps remain.
     
  6. Gradually whisk in half and half, then whipping cream and sour cream. Add eggs and Worcestershire sauce; whisk to blend.
     
  7. Pour over macaroni mixture; stir to blend. Sprinkle grated cheese over.
     
  8. Bake macaroni and cheese until just set around edges but sauce is still liquid in center, about 25 mins. Remove from oven; let stand 10 mins to thicken slightly (sauce will be creamy).
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