Homemade Mac & Cheese
4 - 6 people
Homemade Mac & Cheese is the ideal family dinner. It is the comforting dish that we all love because it is cheesy, creamy and delicious. My version of the ultimate Mac and Cheese recipe is made with an easy cheesy sauce, topped with golden, buttery breadcrumbs, bacon and garlic seasoning. This mac and cheese recipe is most definitely a keeper and will leave you wanting seconds! Most recipes make their cheese sauce rich by adding cream and eggs or using powdered sauces. This recipe has none of that. Instead, it is an easy homemade, comforting, cheesy dish with some bacon and a baked breadcrumb topping. Adding bacon to mac and cheese has been tradition in our household for years! We really cant make this dish any other way.
Also, if you have been tagging along, you will know by now I have some Serbian habits that I cant live without. If you have seen my chocolate cake recipe, you will know that I just have to make cakes with walnuts in them. It is just the Serbian way 😛. However when it comes to home cooked meals, I have to throw in some onions! This is the part of the recipe that will surprise some of you! BUT I just cant start cooking without sautéing some onions first!
Once you try this ultimate mac and cheese recipe you will not want to use the powdered cheese sauces ever again! It is very easy to make this creamy dreamy dish over and over again!
Measure & Prepare
Making mac and cheese is such a “go, go go” recipe. When making this dish, it is useful to measure and prepare all of the ingredients before cooking. Weigh and chop all of the ingredients and set them aside in bowls. That way when they are needed, it is easy to grab and throw into the pot. This way you do not have to worry about anything over-cooking or burning.
Cooking the Macaroni
Follow the instructions for cooking the macaroni on the back of the packaging. However the process for cooking is usually very simple. Boil water on the stove with a pinch of salt. Once the water is boiling, add in the macaroni and cook for roughly 10 minutes and drain. Doesn’t get easier than that!
The Cheese Sauce
Making the cheese sauce is super easy, and far less complicated that you would imagine! I prefer adding onion and garlic for great taste. Sauté the onions first, add the garlic, then the milk and cheese. When you have added the cheese to the milk you will need to gently stir. Be sure to stir until the cheese has fully melted.
Bacon & Garlic Salt
I have been using garlic salt and bacon in our mac and cheese for years. Garlic salt is what, for us, makes mac and cheese extra special! No other seasoning is needed because the milk and cheese already gives the rich creaminess.
When the cheese sauce is ready, lower the heat and add in some garlic salt. I usually go for one tsp of garlic salt. Throw in the macaroni and stir it in with the cheese sauce. Once this is combined, add in 3/4 of your bacon and stir it into the mixture. Add a little more garlic salt if you wish. I sometimes add a little extra. Its all about that garlic taste.
Buttery Breadcrumb Topping
This step could not be more simple. Melt the butter in a pan. As soon as it is melted, add in the breadcrumbs, take it off the heat and combine. It is that easy! Spread over the top of the dish and bake! This will come out of the oven smelling great and the crunchiness of the breadcrumbs will be amazing!
With mac and cheese, it can always be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. When the time is ready, you can easily reheat.
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I hope that you enjoy this version of Homemade Mac & Cheese! Leave a comment and let me know how this recipe turns out for you. If you get a moment, please leave this recipe a rating. If you get a little stuck or have any questions, you can also reach me over on Instagram.
|2cups elbow macaroni|
|pinch of salt|
|2tbsp olive oil|
|2 yellow onions, chopped|
|3cloves garlic, sliced|
|1tbsp all purpose flour|
|400g grated cheese|
|200g streaky bacon|
|1tsp garlic salt|
|100g melted butter|