Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Super Easy Baked Mac-n-Cheese.

Hey, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a quick recipe that is a solid go-to when we are in the mood for some rich and cheesy comfort food.  It's my Baked Mac-N-Cheese and oh yummmm....we love it around here!!  

This the perfect dish when I need to bring something to a potluck or BBQ (like the baseball party I took it to this past weekend).  It's also a staple at our Thanksgiving dinners.

This is a recipe that has evolved over the years.  I've tried several baked mac-n-cheese recipes from Pinterest and some involved constant whisking for 5 minutes or so which I just don't have the patience for and some just never gave me the flavor or texture I wanted or I didn't like the pasta they recommended. There was just never a perfect recipe.  So I took pieces from a few different ones and made this one.  

I love it with the Rigatoni because it allows all that cheesy goodness to seep into the center of the tubes.  You can use any pasta though and I'm sure it would be good.  I just prefer Rigatoni with this recipe.


This a great recipe for the fall so be sure to Pin It if you want to save it for later!  Like I said before, we always have it at Thanksgiving and it makes a lot, it's quick and it's easy.  You know I wouldn't do it if it wasn't easy!  #cookingisnotmyfavorite

I'm giving you the recipe I use the majority of the time because I'm usually making it to share at a party or holiday dinner.  You can easily half the recipe to make it for just your family.  It heats up nicely though for leftovers so it's not a bad thing if you make too much! ;)

Baked Mac-N-Cheese


INGREDIENTS:

16oz uncooked Rigatoni pasta
16oz Sour Cream
1 stick melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
6 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

DIRECTIONS:

Set oven to 350.

In a large pot, cook pasta according to the package instructions.  Drain and set aside.


In a large bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, milk, butter, and salt until smooth.  


Pour over pasta (or add pasta to mixture) and add 4 cups (or large handfuls) of shredded cheese.  Stir everything together until well combined and pasta is fully coated.


Pour mixture into a 9x13 baking dish.  Add remaining cheese evenly over the top (more cheese is always better!) and then sprinkle on your garlic salt.  


Bake uncovered on center rack at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

(Can you believe I totally forgot to snap a pic of the final product out of the oven?!  Kicking myself!!!  But I did get one on a plate.)


Carefully remove from oven and enjoy!!

*A couple of things.  If you don't have exactly 16oz of sour cream, just use what you have.  I've used less (maybe 3/4 of a 16oz container).  And sometimes I use just a half stick of melted butter.  So don't panic if you don't have the exact amount.  You may also make it the first time and decide you prefer it with less sour cream, less butter, more cheese etc.  Make it your own!

I have a feeling this will definitely end up in my Friday Favorites this week!  My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures.  (Take a peek at past Favorites here.)

And before I go...

I just wanted to give a big thank you to all you sweet readers who have found your way over to my Etsy shop!  I love reading in your order notes that you follow the blog!  I've gotten so many kind words recently that I just wanted to say a great big thank you!!!




Have a great day, friends!!

-Amanda :)






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9 comments

  1. You had me at Mac & Cheese!!!

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  2. YUM!! Totally pinning and will be making this very soon!! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This looks so good and creamy and easy too! I've never thought of using sour cream before definitely going to try this out!

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  4. Baked mac n cheese is MY FAVORITE! My brother in law's friend makes a killer one too and I think it's pretty similar (with shells and another cheese added in), but I'm all about the easy dishes too! Will have to give this a try.

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  5. Anonymous11:03 AM

    My family will love this ! Thanks for sharing the recipe !

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  6. Hey Amanda! I've been following your blog for quite a while, and after seeing this recipe..I just had to try it, so I made it with dinner last night. To say it was a hit is an understatement! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  7. This looks super yummy! I am going to have to add it to my meal plans soon! We love mac and cheese!

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  8. I am adding this to my meal plan!

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