It's hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner. When the holidays approach, there's always a shift in the air, a different kind of breeze that rushes through cracked windows in my kitchen when I cook. I love this time of year, not just for the food, but for the feelings it provides me. I always think of how grateful I am for this platform, for my support system, and of course, for the food I provide for my family. I've been making homemade mac and cheese for quite some time now, and this easy baked version is tried and true, and one of my absolute favorite recipes to make. It's not one of those recipes that's just a holiday favorite, but it can certainly be used as an entrée for dinner, prepped for the freezer, or is a perfect meal to make for a family welcoming a new baby or new neighbors. I'm telling you this is the MAC that keeps on giving.
Macaroni and cheese, aka MAC, is widely popular for it being super cheesy, gooey, and stick-to-your-ribs tasting with the crispy cheese on top. There are so many different ways to make it: baked, one pot, added veggie, dairy free, gluten free, added meat, the list goes on. While I have a few other recipes that incorporate veggies (reshoots of these coming soon I promise), I most often choose the classic mac and cheese because it's, well, a classic! Nothing better than gooey, cheesy pasta coated with extra crispy cheese on top, baked to utter perfection. I am drooling thinking of it.
When I say this is an easy mac and cheese, it really is easy. There are a couple of key things to remember when making it, but you'll be a pro at making it sans recipe after just one time. The ingredients are pretty straightforward too, so there's no need for anything crazy here, except for one small secret ingredient: nutmeg.
You are going to win Thanksgiving this year with this mac and cheese. Go nuts and make it for every holiday this year, and next, because it's just that good. As always, when you make this incredible MAC, be sure to share far and wide with friends and family, and remember to leave a comment below. It helps spread the love to other mac and cheese lovers, and let's me know you enjoyed it! Happy holidays, friends!!
Don't let the holidays get away without making this incredibly cheesy, easy to make mac and cheese. A fun secret ingredient makes this taste even better than any other mac and cheese you've ever had. Make this ahead time, pop in the oven the day of, and you've got plenty for leftovers the next day. PERFECTION!
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