This may just be one of my favorite dinners. Forget about that stuff in a box they call “The Cheesiest”. This dish is made the old-fashioned way – with REAL cheese. And the sharper the cheese, the better! I like using Extra Sharp Cheddar for this recipe, but just about any kind of cheese that melts will work just fine.
This dish can easily be altered to fit your family’s own tastes. Some cooked ground beef or sausage, chopped vegetables etc. can be added to give this recipe a little variety.
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni
- 2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup buttered fresh bread crumbs* (if desired)
Boil macaroni in salted water. Rinse with cold water and drain well.
Cover the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish with layer of cooked macaroni, a layer of shredded cheese, bits of butter, salt and pepper to taste.
Continue making layers until all the ingredients are used, ending with a cheese layer on top.
Whisk the milk, egg & cayenne together and pour over the top. Cover with buttered bread crumbs, if desired.
Bake in a 350° oven for 25 to 35 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
*An easy way to make fresh bread crumbs is to process 2 slices of bread in a food processor, mix in 2 to 3 teaspoons of butter and you’re done.