This macaroni & cheese recipe is one of our family’s favorites and it always makes it’s way to our Thanksgiving table! Here’s the easy recipe.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is just over a month away? This is the time each year that I start thinking about the recipes I want to make for the big day. I like to make one new recipe while continuing those tried and true favorites. While I thought about sharing a chocolate bourbon pie recipe, I decided that I really need to share my family’s macaroni and cheese recipe. But I promise I’ll share that pie recipe soon!
Mac n’ Cheese
This macaroni and cheese recipe quickly became a crowd favorite after it was served at my sister-in-laws wedding a number of years ago and it secured its place at our table every holiday gathering ever since. Someone in our family makes sure to make it and it’s delicious every time!
When I was growing up we always had baked macaroni at each holiday and while it was good, it never seemed to be very creamy. This recipe changed baked macaroni for me. It’s extremely creamy while still having that crispy layer on top. It’s complete mac n’ cheese perfection!
This recipe isn’t for the dieter. For that reason, it’s not something that I make regularly but that’s what makes it extra yummy at Thanksgiving. It’s loaded with cream and shredded cheese and topped with golden brown bread crumbs. It’s quite the holiday treat.
Make It Your Own
This recipe is very versatile. While you can solely use cheddar cheese, I like to use half white cheddar and half Monterey Jack. This mix keeps it from being too sharp for the little ones, in my opinion ,but feel free to use whatever cheese fits your fancy. You can also sprinkle a 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese on top along with the bread crumbs but I find it to be just fine without it.
Our family’s favorite noodles to use for this recipe are brown rice elbows or rotini but any noodle of your choice will work just fine.
Becker Family's Macaroni & Cheese
- 1 lb. Pasta Noodles **Note** if using regular pasta noodles, I've found that 12 oz. of pasta noodles make for a creamier macaroni.
- 1 1/2 lbs. Grated Cheese I prefer half sharp white cheddar & half Monterey Jack
- 2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese optional
- 1/2 cup Dried Bread Crumbs
- Salt & Pepper To Taste
Cook pasta noodles in water until tender.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set a 9x13" baking dish aside.
While the pasta is cooking, grate your cheese of choice and put into a large mixing bowl.
Drain your pasta and pour into the bowl with the cheese. Add the heavy cream and stir until mixed well.
Pour the noodle & cheese mixture into your baking dish and add salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle the top evenly with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.
Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until cheese if bubbling and bread crumbs are golden brown.
Cool for 5 minutes then serve!
For today’s post I cut the recipe in half and used a 9” round baking dish. A full recipe will require a 9×13” baking dish. For our family’s holiday gatherings I typically double the full recipe to make 2 – 9×13” pans.
Although, I think this macaroni is best fresh out of the oven, you can easily store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week and reheat in the microwave for 30 second increments until warm.
This dish has been a big hit everywhere I’ve taken it and someone always asks for the recipe. I’m just kicking myself that I haven’t thought to share it here until now. It’s the epitome of family favorite recipes in our home. It will be on our Thanksgiving table this year as always and I know you’ll love it too.
Be sure to grab the other 12 Thanksgiving Day recipes! There are so many delicious recipes, so there’s something for everyone. Happy cooking, friends!
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Easy Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing – Rooms For Rent
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Becker Family Macaroni & Cheese – Sincerely, Marie