When the middle of the week hits, I don’t know about you but an easy delicious dinner recipe is like the sun coming out on rainy day. It’s pretty much the only thing that makes sense to me on a day that is so confusing. Confusing how you ask? Well it’s not the beginning of the week, and it’s not the end, so how are we all supposed to feel about that. See, confusing! But an easy homemade family meal is always that dose of goodness that is always comforting, and there is certainly nothing confusing about that. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to this Baked Macaroni recipe that is sure to become a weekday favorite.
Its true Sammy and I don’t have children that we’re feeding on a regular basis, but we were young once and this dish speaks to that part of our childhood that’s hard to forget. This Baked Macaroni closely resembles a Mac n Cheese that were all used to, but different in it’s a less cheesy baked pasta that Sammy’s mom used to make for her and her brother growing up. If we haven’t mentioned it recently, Sammy’s mom is a big reason we decided to take the leap and cook through the old fashioned “Joy of Cooking,” Cookbook. And she based this recipe off the Baked Macaroni recipe from the book. For more details on what we’re doing, check out Our Journey into the Joy of Cooking blog post. So to get back to our main point here, it’s safe to say this recipe is a kid and adult friendly recipe considering Sammy still gets giddy every time she eats it. True story, I was there.
And even more than that, the process is super simple. Just follow the instructions below and you’ll have enough mac n cheese to feed a crowd. Having made this a bunch, we hope these few tips will help make this process even easier. Use a 13×9 glass baking dish, and make sure to butter the dish thoroughly. We used macaroni that you will want to cook according to package or even a minute less. Keep in mind this is going to bake for at least 40 minutes and the pasta will cook further in the oven. Also keep in mind, during the process where you make your creamy milk sauce, you will add small softnened cubes of cream cheese that will not get fully blended into the mixture, that is alright. And lastly, evenly distribute the cheese, breadcrumbs, and dollops of butter on top but I think that goes without saying.
Feel free to reach out with any questions you guys have regarding this recipe, or any of our other recipes for that matter. We always love to hear from you! And as we conclude this post, do we even have to mention Valentine’s Day is around the corner? We’ve got some special treats coming up for you guys, and you will definitely want to check back with us this Friday for an awesome recipe round up featuring romantic dinner ideas. Until then, Happy cooking everyone!
Quote of the Day: “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.” – Tom Stoppard