Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese. Photo: Diana Rattray
    30 min

This is an old-fashioned baked macaroni and cheese, made with cooked elbow macaroni, Cheddar cheese, milk, and an egg, along with a touch of cayenne pepper. Serve this tasty casserole as a main dish or side dish.

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup soft fine bread crumbs*
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  3. Boil macaroni in salted water, following package directions. Drain under running cold water.
  4. Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with a layer of macaroni, a layer of cheese, bits of butter, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  5. Continue the layers until all ingredients are used, ending with a cheese layer.
  6. Whisk milk and egg together and pour over the top,
  1. In a bowl, combine the soft bread crumbs with the melted butter; toss to coat thoroughly.
  2. Cover the macaroni with buttered bread crumbs,
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the topping is browned and cooked through.

*Process 2 slices of bread in the food processor; toss with 2 tablespoons of butter.

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