Macaroni and Cheese Recipe – Restaurant Style

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Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite dishes.  Not the fake version that comes in the blue box, but the real deal.  My mother made it from scratch when I was a child, and now I do the same for my family.  Often times I’ll just make it with American cheese and a little bit of butter and milk, but lately I’ve been playing around with richer, creamier versions.  Multiple cheeses, heavy cream, and even a pinch of cayenne can take this simple comfort food to an entirely new level.  My newest recipe (which I’m sharing today) has quickly become a favorite in our home.  A layer of seasoned breadcrumbs and a few minutes in the broiler gives it a lightly crispy topping that is a perfect compliment to the delicious, creamy sauce.  The result is a delicious dish that is similar to one you would get at a restaurant!  (For more make-at-home restaurant style dishes, check out this post with 10 of my favorite copycat recipes!)

Restaurant style macaroni and cheese

 

Restaurant Style Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

6 cups water

2 cups elbow noodles

1 Tbs butter, unsalted

3/4 c milk

3/4 c shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese

3/4 c shredded Italian style cheese

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of cayenne

1/2 c Parmesan herb panko bread crumbs (Private Selection from Kroger)

Restaurant style macaroni and cheese

Directions:

1.  Bring water to a boil on high heat.

2.  Add in noodles and boil for 8-10 minutes.

3.  Remove from heat and drain in a colander. Set aside.

4.  Set oven to high broil.

5.  Melt butter in pot on medium heat.

6.  Add in milk, cheese, and spices.  Whisk until melted completely.

7.  Fold in elbow noodles, stirring gently to coat with sauce.

8.  Pour noodles into oven safe dish.

9.  Top with panko bread crumbs.

10.  Place in oven for 2 minutes until top is browned.

11.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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Restaurant style macaroni and cheese

Do you have a macaroni and cheese recipe that’s a family favorite?  I’d love to hear your version, please take a moment to share in the comments below!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Comments

  1. This looks delish! My kiddos LOVE homemade baked Mac and Cheese, so I will be trying this out. I’ve used a Paula Deen recipe for years.. with a little tweaking. 😉

    • I’m sure ANY Paula Deen mac and cheese recipe is delicious, lol! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you try it out, be sure to let me know what you think!

  2. Now that is my kind of mac n cheese. I don’t eat the boxed kind and my son loves when I make homemade so will have to give this recipe a try for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    • We don’t do boxed stuff either. It’s just not any good! I’m glad my mom made it from scratch when I was growing up. Please come back and let me know what you both think if you make it!

  3. Katherine G says:

    This looks yummy!!

  4. Looks delish.
    One of my husband’s favorite recipes of Patti LaBelle’s Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese.
    (http://www.oprah.com/food/Over-the-Rainbow-Macaroni-and-Cheese)
    Let me warn you – it’s extremely rich and kind of expensive to make because you buy 4-5 types of cheese + half and half.

  5. I bet my boyfriend would love this! I’ll have to try it sometime.

  6. Yummmm, now my kids would LOVE this!

    • My kids do! Of course, if your kids don’t like any spice, you may want to leave out the cayenne. Let me know what they think if you make it!

  7. This looks really good! Homemade macaroni and cheese is my favorite.

  8. Delicious!!! Pinning this because the kids would love it!

  9. Who does love Mac & Cheese? and yours looks awesome. Dropped over from Jams Hands: Recipe Share Monday.

  10. This mac & cheese looks creamy and dreamy! What an ultimate comfort food. 🙂 I’ve come over from Jam Hands.
    Blessings,
    Leslie

  11. Mac and cheese, the homemade kind is one of my favorite dishes. This looks delish. Thanks for sharing.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/frivolous-friday-soup-kitchen-recipes-sausage-stew

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