Ooey! Gooey! Mac N Cheese
Updated: Jun 27
This recipe takes me back to mama Alice where this whole idea of a food blog started. Just thinking about her brings tears to my eyes. She made the best mac n cheese. We couldn't wait for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter this was the side dish that was eaten first. I kept the recipe the same with just a few added tweaks of my own. Great for a dinner side dish.
The battle of no eggs mac & cheese verses eggs added to the mac & cheese. I vote for the eggs baked in my mac & cheese. There are many versions of mac & cheese recipes, all are good in their own way, but my mama mac & cheese will always be my family favorite.
Did You Know! The first modern recipe for mac & cheese was included in a cook book The Experienced English Housekeeper by Elizabeth Raffald in 1769. Her recipe consisted of a Bechamel sauce with cheddar cheese, a mornay sauce in French cooking, then mixed with macaroni, sprinkled with Parmesan, and baked until bubbly and golden.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long can I store mac & cheese in the refrigerator ?
If you refrigerate your mac & cheese you can store it for about 3 to 4 days.
Can I freeze mac & cheese?
Yes you can freeze mac & cheese. This is a great way to prepare for a busy night. Cut the mac & cheese in family portions and a freezer zip lock bag.
Can I reheat mac & cheese in a Microwave?
Always place the mac & cheese in a microwave-safe container. Depending on the microwave settings. If the mac & cheese is frozen either allow to thaw first or set to defrost according the the weight then heat for 1 minute. if the mac & cheese was in the fridge set to 1 minute unless you have melt option on the microwave.
Ingredients for Ooey Gooey Mac N Cheese
Elbow macaroni pasta- is coated in cheese and binds with the milk and egg to create a custard that is so silky smooth and delicious
Eggs- the binder to the milk and pasta
Evaporated milk- assist in creating the creaminess needed in this dish as the cheese melts
Butter- give a sweetness also creaminess to the pasta and cheese
Cheese- completes this dish with sharpness of the cheddar and the gouda is a great melting cheese along with Colby jack and mozzarella. you can also use gruyere, Monterey or a mild cheddar.
Salt, pepper, Season salt- enhances and wakes up all the ingredients
Bacon- add an extra level of smokey goodness to the mac & cheese
Cook the pasta until al dente (firm, but tender) salt water to give the pasta a good flavor
Add half stick of butter ( you can use margarine but, butter adds a depth of flavor)
Toss gently until the hot pasta melts the butter.
Add the beaten eggs, seasonings, and evaporated milk.
Cheddar cheese cut up in cubes added and tossed in the mixture. (add Gouda cheese, great melting cheese) add the shredded cheese and top with bacon. Everything tastes better with bacon.
Pop this in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown bubbling cheese
Bon Appetit, Enjoy!