Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? Right off the stovetop or fresh out of the oven, I’ll gladly take it either way.

Here’s a picture of it before I dug in.


I like the first one better actually.

This recipe is particularly easy. If you’ve ever made mac ‘n cheese before, then you know that there’s usually a roux involved, but here, it’s just eggs and half-and-half whisked together in a big bowl. Now that’s totally my style.

This is originally a Martha Stewart recipe, but I changed just a few technical steps. I kept the fresh breadcrumbs and minced garlic, and for good reason. The crisp topping goes great with the cheesy pasta and the hint of garlic rounds out the whole meal.

I already had the macaroni, bread, and eggs on hand, so the half-and-half and cheese set me back about $6. Not too bad for a hearty dinner for two and leftovers.

Ingredients for 2 plus leftovers:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup half-and-half
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, finely pulsed
  • Cayenne, salt, and pepper

Cook the macaroni 3 minutes short of the cooking directions. Drain and set aside.

Butter a 9-inch round baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While the pasta is looking, make the “sauce.” In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of cheese, eggs, half-and-half, garlic, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Add the hot pasta and stir to combine.

Transfer to the baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and then the breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 minutes until brown and bubbling. Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.

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