Here’s a favorite recipe of mine* which is said to taste like the Cracker Barrel Macaroni and Cheese. I haven’t had their version in several years, so I can’t verify its similarity, but I can attest that its delicious. Its a great addition to family meals or pot luck suppers. This makes approximately 4 large servings and can be altered to use as a main dish by adding chopped ham cubes or cooked ground beef.
Macaroni and Cheese
3/4 cup elbow macaroni
2-1/4 cup whole milk
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons salted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2-1/2 cups shredded cheese (I like using 2 cups Colby to 1 cup sharp cheddar for the flavoring, but a Colby or Colby-Jack mix was what the original recipe called for.)
- Preheat your broiler (high setting).
- Cook macaroni until tender (either on stove or in the microwave) and drain.
- Melt butter in a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe pan) over medium heat. Add in flour and keep stirring until bubbly.
- Add milk, salt, and pepper. Stir until milk starts to bubble.
- Add cheese and turn off the heat. Keep stirring the sauce until the cheese melts and has a smooth consistency.
- Stir in the macaroni and broil for 2-3 minutes until the tops of the noodles begin to slightly brown.
- Remove from the oven and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it sits.
*A lot of my recipes have either been handed down for generations, I picked them up somewhere prior to my active involvement on the internet, or they’ve been passed around my social circle. I don’t know where many of them (such as this one) originated, but if I did, I would certainly give credit.