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Pioneer Woman mac and cheese on a plate, topped with chopped parsley
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Pioneer Woman Mac And Cheese

Pioneer Woman mac and cheese has a thick creamy texture and enough cheesy goodness to make both young and old(er) giddy with excitement over dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Pioneer Woman Mac And Cheese Recipe, How To make Pioneer Woman Mac And Cheese Recipe, Pioneer Woman Mac And Cheese, Pioneer Woman Mac And Cheese Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 965kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dried macaroni
  • 1 large whole egg beaten
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 heaping teaspoons dry mustard more if desired
  • 16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Spices:

  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • thyme

Optional Toppings:

  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • If baking, preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Follow the pasta's package instructions and cook pasta, in well-salted water, until al dente. Drain. Set Aside.
  • Beat the egg in a small mixing bowl. Set aside. 
  • Melt butter in a large pot, then evenly sprinkle the flour over the melted butter. Whisk together, over medium-low heat, and cook for about 2 minutes or until the mixture becomes a nice golden color, whisking constantly. Don’t allow it to burn.
  • Remove from heat add milk and mustard, and whisk until smooth. Return to medium heat and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick about 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  • Remove 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly whisk it into beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking eggs. Whisk together till smooth.
  • Add the egg mixture to sauce, whisking constantly.  Stir in the cheese and stir until sauce cheese is melted. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt,  1/2 teaspoon pepper and any of the optional seasonings. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings.
  • Add the drained pasta and stir until evenly combined. 
  • Serve immediately (very creamy) or pour into prepared baking dish, top with additional 2 cups of shredded sharp cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly. Sprinkle top with fresh parsley and serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 965kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 1219mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1690IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 960mg | Iron: 2.5mg