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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Baked macaroni and cheese is tasty twist on a classic comfort food recipe!  Tender macaroni, topped with your favorite cheese and bread crumbs will quickly become a family favorite.

Easy pasta dishes are hands-down one of my favorite ways to feed my family! Chicken Broccoli Pasta, Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells, Easy Chicken Tetrazzini… they are filling, flavorful and so easy to make! This Ranch Macaroni and Cheese recipe fits right in with the best of ’em!

a white bowl filled with baked macaroni and cheese topped with bread crumbs and parsley. Behind the bowl is a casserole pan filled with more macaroni and cheese. Next to the bowl are two forks in a crossed patter laying on top of a blue and white checkered cloth napkin.

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

When I was a freshman in college, I tried making a box of macaroni and cheese. In true “Stephanie fashion”, I didn’t read the directions carefully, so I added all of the ingredients; powdered cheese, milk and butter into the boiling pot of pasta, water included!

When I realized my mistake, I tried to salvage my dinner by draining the water, then adding another packet of the powdered cheese from a different box. I thought this would totally work since most of the first packet was drained when I rinsed the pasta. But it was a pasty, chalky, inedible mess that my boyfriend, who is now my husband, witnessed.

So now my kids like to tease me about it. In fact, it has been kind of a running joke in my family that I can cook anything else in the world, just not macaroni and cheese!  Until I made this recipe, that is.

No one said anything about my lack of macaroni and cheese making skills because they were too busy stuffing their faces and finishing off the entire pan of this delicious baked macaroni and cheese.  It has been requested several times since then, so it looks like I’ve finally conquered my food nemesis once and for all.

How To Make Baked Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cook the macaroni pasta according to the directions on the package
  3. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole pan using nonstick cooking spray
  4. Using a large mixing bowl; combine the eggs, ranch dressing and evaporated milk
  5. Whisk everything together until it has fully blended and the mixture is smooth
  6. Gently fold in the cheese and then add in the cooked pasta
  7. Spoon the mixture into the casserole pan
  8. Melt the butter
  9. Mix the bread crumbs with the butter in a small bowl and then sprinkle over the top of the macaroni
  10. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the macaroni and cheese is heated throughout and the top is a golden bown

a casserole pan filled with homemade macaroni and cheese that was baked in the oven. A wooden spoon is beginning to lift our a scoop of food.

I mean seriously. How good does that look?!

Tips For Baked Mac and Cheese

  • Whichever type of cheese you decide to make, use a block of cheese and shred it yourself.  Don’t use any pre-shredded cheese in a bag because it is has a coating that keeps it from sticking together in the bag that won’t allow it to melt like shredded cheese from a block.
  • Cook your pasta about one minute less than what the package recommends.  This will allow the pasta to finish cooking in the oven and the macaroni noodles won’t turn out soggy.

How To Store This Recipe

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator inside of an airtight container like Tupperware.  It’ll stay fresh this way for about 5 to 7 days.  If you don’t plan on eating it that quickly, you can also freeze this recipe.  Just be sure to place it in a container that is safe for the freezer.

This recipe can also be made ahead and is an excellent freezer meal.  To freeze it, transfer the baked macaroni and cheese into a disposable casserole pan.  Then wrap the pan tightly with plastic wrap and then cover it with aluminum foil before freezing.  This macaroni and cheese can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.  When you’re ready to eat it, unwrap the pan and then bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until the center reaches 165 degrees F.

looking down on a bowl of baked macaroni and cheese with bread crumbs on top

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a white bowl filled with baked macaroni and cheese topped with bread crumbs and parsley. Behind the bowl is a casserole pan filled with more macaroni and cheese. Next to the bowl are two forks in a crossed patter laying on top of a blue and white checkered cloth napkin.
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Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

A tasty twist on a classic comfort food, this Baked Macaroni and Cheese has become a family favorite!
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 518 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of macaroni noodles uncooked
  • 1 5 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup of ranch dressing
  • 3 cups of shredded cheese cheddar, Asiago, Colby or Mozarella all work well!
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of butter melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom of a 13x9 casserole pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to packages directions.
  3. Combine evaporated milk, eggs and ranch dressing in a bowl and whisk until well blended and smooth.
  4. Gently fold in the cheese and then add the cooked pasta.
  5. Spoon mixture into your casserole pan.
  6. Mix bread crumbs and butter in a bowl, then sprinkle over the top of the macaroni.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and the top is golden.

a bowl of mac and cheese that was baked in the oven and topped with bread crumbs and parsley that was made with this easy recipe. A pan of more of this easy recipe is behind the bowl. The words ranch macaroni and cheese is written in a white translucent box at the top of the image.

Enjoy!

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