If we took a survey and asked people to name their favorite comfort food, I’d bet mac n cheese would be at the top of the list. (That or maybe ice cream.) And there really is just something homey about gooey, cheesy, unhealthy goodness.
Now for me, I grew up on the Kraft blue box mac n cheese. It was my absolutely favorite thing to eat at dinner. When I was little, my mom wanted to really surprise me and make me some homemade mac n cheese (ya know, the kind that doesn’t come from a powder). And guess what…I didn’t like it. I mean…I liked it….just not as much as the blue box. The real cheese just didn’t have as much delicious artificial flavor as the powder! And I’m sure I loudly expressed my opinions and made her feel real great about spending all that extra time on a dish for me.
Well now that I’m older, I guess my tastes are more refined (although, I still love the Kraft version). So last night, I made some homemade mac n cheese of my own. It’s got diced onions throughout to add a little flavor, and the crunchy breadcrumb topping just makes it exquisite. If you’re looking for some delicious comfort food, this is the way to go.
- 12 ounce elbow macaroni pasta
- 3 cups of yellow finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup of butter, softened plus 1 Tbsp for skillet
- 1 medium red onion – diced
- ¼ tsp. parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups milk, if you want the casserole creamier add more milk
- 1/2 cup Progresso bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sauté’ diced red onion in 1 Tbsp butter, drain and cool.
- In large bowl, stir together 2 ½ cups of cheddar cheese, ½ cup sour cream, and ¼ cup butter. When cool, add onions to the cheese mixture, stir. Add milk and stir to combine.
- Meanwhile, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water. Stir in pasta and boil 10-12 minutes, stirring recurrently until “al dente”. Drain well and pour in large bowl of cheese mixture. Stir until fully combined.
- Place macaroni mixture in a sprayed baking dish. Sprinkle on top ½ cup of cheddar cheese parsley, salt/pepper, and bread crumbs. Bake for approximately 45 to 50 minutes.