Baked Macaroni & Cheese

For Mother's Day I decided to try making a baked macaroni and cheese. I found a recipe here that looked pretty good, I had most of the ingredients on hand except the cream. So I of course decided to adapt a little and it turned out really delicious! It seems like there is a lot of ingredients in this dish, but it is really easy to make. 

1 (16oz) Box Macaroni Noodles
1 stick of Butter
8 Tbsp Flour
2 cups Milk (I used 2%)
1 (8oz) Block Cream Cheese
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
Pepper & Cayenne Pepper to taste
3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Shredded Pepper jack Cheese

- Preheat oven to 400.
- Cook macaroni according to directions and set aside.
- Melt butter in saucepan, once melted add flour and whisk to stir until well blended
- Whisk in salt, pepper, garlic powder & cayenne pepper
- Pour milk in gradually, stir constantly
- Cube cream cheese and add to pot, stirring until completely melted
- Bring mixture to boiling point, boil for 2 minutes, continue stirring!
- Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly
- Add shredded cheddar & pepper jack a little at a time, simmer until cheese melts.
- Turn off burner and add macaroni to the sauce mixture. Toss to coat.
- Grease a baking dish and pour the macaroni into the dish

- Sprinkle breadcrumbs across the top of the mixture, once baked this will make a nice crunchy crust layer
- Bake 20-30 minutes, until top is golden brown and mixture is bubbling.

This may not be in the diet plan, but it is Mother's Day after all, the calories don't count today!
Hope you all had a fabulous Mother's Day!


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