Fannie Farmer’s Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe

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Even now that my kids have grown up Macaroni and Cheese still is a favorite side dish for us to serve with a variety of different main dishes. We sometimes serve it as a main dish, depending on the kind of mood the family is in; or in other words, what everyone would like for supper. After a successful fishing trip-we decided on a fish fry, and made this Fannie Farmer’s Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe as a side dish. The Macaroni and Cheese along with the fresh caught and deep fried fish were an excellent combination. This Fannie Farmer’s Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese is a simple recipe that doesn’t take much time, and does not require a lot of ingredients. Give this recipe a try, and enjoy.

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Fannie Farmer’s Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe
Recipe Type: Main or Entree
Author: Admin
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 4
  • 1 (8 ounce) package macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, buttered
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside.
  3. In a large sauce pan melt butter, add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended.
  4. Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly, Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes, reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly)for 10 minutes.
  5. Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  6. Remove from heat and Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce.
  7. Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.


5 thoughts on “Fannie Farmer’s Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe”

  1. Sooo good. This will be my go to recipe from here on in! I did add bacon to it however. Fried it up to a crisp then cut it into bits and chucked it in. Such a lovely texture. Also added a teaspoon of mustard powder. NOMNOMNOM

  2. Really tasty! This was the first time I’ve tried to make homemade macaroni and cheese and I’m really proud of how it turned out. It’s creamy and delicious! I used half sharp cheddar and half medium cheddar, and can’t wait to try out different cheeses. Like that it didn’t use many ingredients and was simple, just make sure to keep on stirring!

  3. My mom use to make this when we were kids and its our family favorite! My mom always added a can of Diced tomatoes and Ritz Crackers for topping with melted butter! To Die For! Love this recipe!

  4. I use this recipe for the proportions which I always forget. However I put my spin on it to pick up the flavor so it’s not so bland. I saute 1/4 cup of sweet onions and 2-3 cloves of garlic (finely minced) in the butter. Then I add the flour and salt, mustard powder and a few drops of Worchestershire sauce. I also use whole milk and buttermilk, not cream. I do top it with Italian bread crumbs to give it some crusty crunch.

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