Hooray for baked macaroni and cheese that is three-cheese creamy, soul-food comforting, and easy to get on the table to feed a hungry crowd. We love this lip-smacking good creamy baked mac and cheese recipe from Divas Can Cook, and we’re sure that you will too.
Are you used to mac and cheese out of a box? Whether it’s from the iconic blue box or the healthier organic versions, boxed mac and cheese doesn’t hold a fork to homemade macaroni and cheese. If you’ve never made it from scratch, today is the day you’re going to learn!
Certainly you could make your mac and cheese with cheddar and be happy with the end result. It is homemade, after all. But why not go cheese crazy and let cheddar, colby jack, and (our favorite) smoked Gouda turn your basic mac and cheese recipe into a scrumptious gourmet meal! Be adventurous and try other cheeses to give your taste buds even more to anticipate. Gruyere, fontina, and Parmesan are delectable go-tos for homemade macaroni and cheese. Gorgonzola, feta, and goat cheese are distinctly-flavored options that deliciously surprise in the first bite. They are best when combined with milder cheeses.
It’s cheese! You can’t go wrong when you make meals with cheese!
Cook your elbow macaroni
Just like the stuff in the box, you start by cooking the pasta in boiling water. Once your macaroni is cooked until just tender, drain it, and pour it back into the pasta pot to keep warm.
Create your roux
Mix melted butter and flour together in a sauce pan creating the base of your roux.
Pour half-and-half into roux
Add the half-and-half to the sauce pan, whisking constantly to create smooth, creamy texture.
Add colby jack cheese mixture to the roux
Stir 1 cup of colby jack cheese into the roux mixture completely, melting and creating the first cheesy sauce for your macaroni and cheese.
Pour cheese sauce over elbow noodles in pot
Add the cheese sauce to your cooked macaroni and toss to combine. Set this aside while you make the next mouthwatering mac and cheese component.
Combine remaining colby jack, cheddar, Gouda, salt, and pepper
Mix last cup colby jack cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup smoked Gouda cheese, salt, and pepper (to taste) together in a mixing bowl.
Whisk eggs and add to mixing bowl
Add the eggs to your cheese mixture and stir completely until fully blended.
Pour second cheese mixture into pot
Stir together both cheese mixtures and elbow macaroni noodles until well-mixed. Pour noodles into a greased casserole baking dish and spread out evenly.
Sprinkle remaining Gouda cheese and parsley on top of macaroni
Top with remaining cheese and parsley and then bake for 20-30 minutes until bubbly and hot. Allow macaroni and cheese to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Spoon out generous helpings of this creamy macaroni and cheese
Don’t be scared! There is plenty to share and your family will be asking for seconds of this delicious dish.
Look at all the cheese!
Have you ever seen macaroni and cheese look this good?