Basic Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Mac 'n Cheese Bake
Photo: Diana Rattray
Ratings (9)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings (4 portions)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
626 Calories
36g Fat
49g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Servings (4 portions)
Amount per serving
Calories 626
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 21g 104%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 606mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 26g
Calcium 585mg 45%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a basic baked macaroni and cheese. It's made simply with cooked macaroni or penne pasta, cheese, cream and sour cream, and seasonings.

There's no sauce to make, just cook the pasta, mix with the cheese and other ingredients, and bake.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces macaroni (or mini penne pasta)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese (sharp, shredded)
  • 4 ounces American cheese (shredded or sliced; Velveeta or similar)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.

  2. Cook pasta in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse briefly with hot water.

  3. Put the pasta back in the saucepan and add the cheddar and American cheeses, cream, and sour cream.

  4. Add the salt and pepper. Stir to blend thoroughly.

  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  6. Sprinkle with paprika and bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Variation

  • With Bread Crumb Topping: Before putting the casserole in the oven, combine 1 cup of soft, fresh bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted salted butter. Toss to coat the crumbs thoroughly with the butter. 

  • Sprinkle the crumbs over the macaroni and cheese and bake as directed, until the crumbs are golden brown and the casserole is bubbling.