Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Staff Writer
Macaroni and Cheese

Westside Market NYC

Macaroni and Cheese

Who can resist a trio of melted cheeses nestled among soft, chewy noodles? Not many people. Homemade always beats store-bought, and this is especially true when it comes to mac and cheese. Try this simple recipe and taste the difference.

Ingredients

  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt, plus more for cooking the pasta
  • One 16-ounce package elbow macaroni
  • 1/2  Cup  shredded Muenster
  • 1  Cup  shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2  Cup  shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/2  Cup  unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2  Cup  half-and-half
  • 8  Ounces  cubed processed cheese food
  • eggs, beaten
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for 6-8 minutes. Drain the pasta in a colander and return to the pot.

Combine the cheeses in a large bowl. Stir 7 tablespoons of the melted butter into the macaroni. Add 1 ½ cups of the mixed cheeses, the half-and-half , processed cheese food, and eggs to the macaroni. Mix together and season with the salt and pepper.

Transfer to a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese mixture on top and drizzle the remaining butter. Bake until hot and bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
40g
57%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
17g
71%
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Carbohydrate, by difference
46g
35%
Protein
15g
33%
Vitamin A, RAE
88µg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
6µg
7%
Calcium, Ca
322mg
32%
Choline, total
17mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
81µg
20%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
58mg
18%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
313mg
45%
Selenium, Se
14µg
25%
Sodium, Na
793mg
53%
Water
16g
1%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Easy Shopping Tip

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Easy Cooking Tip

Do all your prep in advance, and use three bowls: one for all your ingredients, one for all your prep, and one for all your refuse. Staying organized can help you put out meals faster.