Easy Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese The easiest and cheesiest homemade macaroni and cheese made with a secret ingredient.

Easy Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese

There is a secret ingredient in my Easy Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese so you don’t have to make a white sauce but still enjoy creamy, baked macaroni and cheese goodness! This is hands down the easiest and cheesiest homemade mac and cheese you will ever make. It’s that good.

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Macaroni and cheese in tan dish with scoop out

Ingredients you will need

colby jack cheddar cheese elbow macaroni box half and half saltine crackers

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 16 saltine crackers
  • 24 oz shredded Cheddar and Colby Jack cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper (optional)

What is the secret ingredient in Easy Cheesy Mac and Cheese?

crushed saltine crackers in ziploc bag, rolling pin,

Crushed saltine crackers, layered with the cooked macaroni, cheese, and cream mixture, thickens the sauce as it bakes. It’s like magic! Easy magic!

layer of cooked elbow macaroni in tan baking dish with whisk in bowl

Create 3 layers with macaroni, crackers and cheese (in that order). Pour the cream and egg mixture over the last layer and bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes.

baked macaroni and cheese in tan baking dish

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Easy Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
42 mins
Total Time
52 mins
 

Easy Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese has a secret ingredient so you don't have to make a white sauce but still enjoy creamy, baked macaroni and cheese goodness!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked, easy, mac and cheese, mac n cheese, macaroni and cheese, no white sauce
Servings: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni 1 3/4 cups
  • 16 saltine crackers 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons
  • 1 12-oz package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 12-oz package shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚.
  2. Cook macaroni in salted boiling water 7 minutes and drain. (It will continue to cook more in oven.)

  3. Meanwhile, crush saltines in a large zip-top bag and shred the Cheddar cheese.
  4. Layer one-third each of macaroni, crackers, and cheese in a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish, ending with cheese. Repeat layers twice.
  5. With a whisk, light beat eggs in a large bowl; gradually whisk in milk, salt, garlic powder and pepper, if using; pour over layered macaroni mixture. Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes or until bubbly around the edges. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Easy Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese can be made ahead. Cook macaroni and toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil and let cool; place in refrigerator until ready to layer casserole.

Completely bake the mac and cheese; cover and refrigerate. To reheat, bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or just until thoroughly heated.

 

Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

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