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Classic Macaroni and Cheese

 
One serving costs about $1.51

$1.51 per serving

13 people like this recipe

13 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

6 lunch,main course,main dish,dinner American
spoonacular Score:67%

Spoonacular Score: 67%

 

Classic Macaroni and Cheese might be just the main course you are searching for. One serving contains 945 calories, 36g of protein, and 54g of fat. For $1.51 per serving, this recipe covers 27% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. This recipe from Foodista has 11 fans. A mixture of bread crumbs, milk, cayenne pepper, and a handful of other ingredients are all it takes to make this recipe so scrumptious. To use up the flour you could follow this main course with the Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce as a dessert. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 71%. This score is solid. Try Classic Macaroni and Cheese, Classic Macaroni and Cheese, and Classic Macaroni and Cheese for similar recipes.

Ingredients

Servings:
0.5 cups
0.5 cups fresh bread crumbs
fresh bread crumbs
8 Tbsps
8 Tbsps butter
butter
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps cayenne pepper
cayenne pepper
6 Tbsps
6 Tbsps flour
flour
0.5 cups
0.5 cups heavy cream
heavy cream
1 lb
1 lb cooked macaroni
cooked macaroni
some
some white salt and pepper
white salt and pepper
4 cups
4 cups sharp cheddar
sharp cheddar
3.75 cups
3.75 cups whole milk
whole milk
0.5 cups fresh bread crumbs
0.5 cups
fresh bread crumbs
8 Tbsps butter
8 Tbsps
butter
0.5 tsps cayenne pepper
0.5 tsps
cayenne pepper
6 Tbsps flour
6 Tbsps
flour
0.5 cups heavy cream
0.5 cups
heavy cream
1 lb cooked macaroni
1 lb
cooked macaroni
some white salt and pepper
some
white salt and pepper
4 cups sharp cheddar
4 cups
sharp cheddar
3.75 cups whole milk
3.75 cups
whole milk

Equipment

baking pan
baking pan
sauce pan
sauce pan
whisk
whisk
bowl
bowl
oven
oven
baking pan
baking pan
sauce pan
sauce pan
whisk
whisk
bowl
bowl
oven
oven


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Melt 6 tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in cayenne and season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk in hot milk, 1/2 cup at a time, and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens. Reduce heat to low and stir in 2 cups of cheese. Cook, stirring, until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
  3. Combine pasta and sauce in a large bowl, and season with salt. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the bottom of a buttered 8" 11" baking dish. Place one-third of the pasta in the baking dish, top with 1/2 cup of cheese, then repeat, layering pasta and cheese, ending with cheese, making three layers in all.
  4. Pour cream over assembled macaroni and cheese. Melt remaining butter in a skillet. Add bread crumbs, coat with melted butter, and sprinkle over macaroni and cheese.
  5. Bake until crust is golden, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Read the detailed instructions on Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.51
Ingredient
½ cups fresh bread crumbs
8 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
6 tablespoons flour
½ cups heavy cream
1 pound cooked macaroni
4 cups sharp cheddar
3.75 cups whole milk
Price
$0.21
$0.97
$0.10
$0.06
$0.65
$0.97
$4.84
$1.24
$9.05

Tips

Health Tips

  • You can easily swap half of the white flour in most recipes for whole wheat flour to add some fiber and protein. It does result in a heavier dough, so for cookies, cakes, etc., you might try swapping in whole wheat pastry flour.

  • Studies have shown people who drink full fat milk are thinner than those who drink low-fat or fat-free milk instead. Keep that in mind before you decide to swap. If you want to go dairy free, however, you can replace milk with unsweetened soy milk in most recipes.

  • If you can, choose grassfed butter for a better nutritional profile—more vitamins, a favorable omega 3/6 ratio, etc.

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

  • get more health tips

Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

  • Butter's incredible flavor has made it an extremely popular cooking fat, but it is important to know that butter has the lowest smoke point of almost any cooking fat. This means butter literally starts to smoke at a lower temperature than most other fats between 250-350 degrees Fahrenheit. So while butter is great for cooking at lower temperatures, you should probably use canola oil, coconut oil, or another oil with a higher smoke point for frying and other high temperature cooking.

  • Confused by the different types of cream — Most differences arise from the fat content of the cream, and whether or not the cream has been "soured" by adding lactic acid bacteria to give it a tangy flavor.

Green Tips

  • To avoid antibiotics, hormones, and other nasties in your milk, choose organic whenever possible. If you can't afford organic, look for milk labeled hormone and antibiotic free. It is often less expensive.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
944 Calories
35g Protein
54g Total Fat
77g Carbs
17% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
944
47%

Fat
54g
84%

  Saturated Fat
33g
209%

Carbohydrates
77g
26%

  Sugar
10g
12%

Cholesterol
162mg
54%

Sodium
940mg
41%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
35g
72%

Selenium
69µg
99%

Calcium
766mg
77%

Phosphorus
696mg
70%

Manganese
0.84mg
42%

Vitamin B2
0.69mg
41%

Vitamin A
1829IU
37%

Zinc
4mg
28%

Vitamin B12
1µg
24%

Magnesium
83mg
21%

Vitamin B1
0.31mg
21%

Vitamin D
2µg
19%

Copper
0.32mg
16%

Folate
59µg
15%

Potassium
491mg
14%

Vitamin B5
1mg
14%

Iron
2mg
13%

Vitamin B3
2mg
13%

Fiber
3g
12%

Vitamin B6
0.24mg
12%

Vitamin E
1mg
7%

Vitamin K
5µg
5%

covered percent of daily need

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