Comfort Food: Macaroni and Cheese

If there is one recipe that I’m known for it, would be macaroni and cheese. My recipe is an adaptation of my mom’s and grandmother’s recipes and I make it a lot. It’s easy to do, a little more time consuming that opening a box of Kraft’s but much better.

I have on nephew who still hasn’t forgiven me for putting onions in my macaroni and cheese. Apparently that is sacrilege. 

Cindi’s Special Baked Macaroni and Cheese

2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni

1/4 cup of butter

1 chopped onion

1/4 cup of flour

2 cups milk

8 to 10 ounces of grated Cheddar cheese

4 to 5 ounces of Velveeta cheese, cubed

salt and pepper to taste

garlic powder or garlic clove, chopped or minced (optional)

Fill 2 quart saucepan with cold water and a little salt. Bring to a boil

and add macaroni, cook for about 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse and put aside. Melt butter in another saucepan. Add chopped onion (and optional chopped garlic) to melted butter and cook until translucent and slightly browned. Blend in flour and cook over low heat, stirring, until smooth and bubbly. Stir in milk and continue stirring until sauce becomes thick and creamy. Remove from heat. Stir in grated cheese and cubed cheese and blend until melted. Rinse macaroni in hot water and drain again. Pour macaroni into a casserole dish. Add cheese sauce and mix. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly and slightly browned on top.

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13 thoughts on “Comfort Food: Macaroni and Cheese

  1. I love macaroni cheese and this is slightly different to the one we have so will be interested to try. TY so much for linking up – if u have any more recipes feel free to link them too
    May x


  2. I dearly love Mac&Cheese and love to make it, I’m trying Cinci’s Special. My first wife was not the best of cooks and whenever she made mac and cheese she would invariably burn it. Crispy, I loved it. Try as I might, I have never been able to replicate.

    Now, I’ve got my eye on those Scalloped Oysters I see above.

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    1. The Scalloped Oysters was from my grandmother. Turns out the everyone in her family had passed that down through the generations and all of my cousins had some version of it.


  3. Mac n cheese is comfort food all the way! This brings back memories. 🙂

    When I was a kid, one of the neighborhood moms made baked mac n cheese. No onions, but otherwise very similar to this I think. It was always crunchy on the top. (Croutons maybe?)

    Ah, nostalgia…



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