Easy Mac And Cheese For A Crowd

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Remove from heat, stir in worcestershire sauce and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Mix with elbow macaroni cooked according to package directions. Bake in a 400°F oven in two buttered 11X15 shallow pans,or three buttered 2 quart casseroles, or two 3 qt casseroles. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, then covered for an additional 15-20 minutes. Return pasta to the pot. Add the butter to the hot pasta and stir until butter is melted. Then add the milk. Add 2-½ cups of cheddar cheese to the pasta mixture, and stir well. Pour the mac and cheese into a casserole dish, top with ½ cup cheese, and bake at 375F for 5-10 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

I’d never tried Make-Ahead Mac-n-Cheese before, but figured it was worth a shot! I wondered: Could I make my easy Mac-n-Cheese for a crowd, then put it in the crock pot to stay warm? After all, I didn’t want to be a slave to the stove just as my guests were arriving.

Obviously it worked marvelously, otherwise I wouldn’t be here telling you about it. I definitely feel that this dish is best fresh, right off the stove. But the day I was feeding 25 teens, I needed a side I could make ahead and keep warm. As it turns out, we can make Creamy Mac and Cheese en mass, then put it in a crock pot to stay warm until serving time.

A few small details about making Mac-n-Cheese for a Crowd: Plan to use lots of sea salt. It can be rather bland otherwise. I even go the extra mile and stir in some garlic powder for a little extra pazazz.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When making this Creamy Mac and Cheese, always remove it from the heat BEFORE you add the cheese. It’s not difficult, but breaking this creamy mac-n-cheese rule will give you weirdly textured pasta. So cook your pasta in the milk, slide it off the heat, then add cheese. See how simple?

Make-Ahead Mac-n-Cheese for a Crowd

Serves: 25-30
  • 32 ounces dry pasta (I use whole wheat noodles)
  • 6½ cups whole milk
  • Sea salt to taste (1-2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3-4 cups shredded cheese (I use Colby jack; cheddar is also great)
  1. Mix pasta, milk, sea salt, and garlic powder in a large sauce pan. (I've found it best to divide ingredients into two large pots for faster and more even cooking.)
  2. Cook over medium-high heat stirring almost constantly until the pasta is tender (10-15 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat. (IMPORTANT!)
  4. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Transfer Mac-n-Cheese to a large (6-8 quart) crock pot.
  6. Keep warm at 'lo' setting for up to three hours.
  7. Stir in a bit more milk at serving time as needed.

When making a large amount of Mac-n-Cheese like this, I usually use this variety of whole wheat elbow noodles.

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You'll satisfy many taste buds with this rich and comforting dish from Dixie Terry from Goreville, Illinois. Tender macaroni is covered in a creamy, homemade cheese sauce, and then topped with golden bread crumbs. A true crowd pleaser!

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories Dinner

Time 1h5m

Yield 36 servings (1 cup each).

Number Of Ingredients 7

3 packages (two 16 ounces, one 7 ounces) elbow macaroni
1-1/4 cups butter, divided
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 quarts milk
3 pounds sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs

Steps:

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions until almost tender., Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a large stock pot, melt 1 cup butter. Stir in flour and salt until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2 minutes. Reduce heat. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Drain macaroni; stir into sauce., Transfer to 3 greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casseroles. , Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 35-40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 395 calories, Fat23g fat (14g saturated fat), Cholesterol68mg cholesterol, Sodium510mg sodium, Carbohydrate32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, Fiber1g fiber), Protein17g protein.

MOM'S MACARONI AND CHEESE

The wonderful homemade goodness of this creamy Velveeta mac and cheese makes it a staple side dish in my mother's kitchen and in mine as well. It has tender noodles and a crowd-pleasing golden crumb topping. -Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories DinnerSide Dishes

Time 1h

Yield 6 servings.

Number Of Ingredients 9

1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
5 tablespoons butter, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 ounces cubed Velveeta
2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs

Steps:

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add the cheeses, stirring until cheese is melted. Drain macaroni., Transfer macaroni to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni; mix well. Melt the remaining butter; add the bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 309 calories, Fat20g fat (13g saturated fat), Cholesterol60mg cholesterol, Sodium569mg sodium, Carbohydrate22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, Fiber1g fiber), Protein11g protein.

Using evaporated milk makes this baked mac and cheese exceptionally rich and creamy-it may be for a crowd, but it's bound to go quickly.
Cheese

Provided by Nestlé USA

Categories Macaroni and CheeseDinnerKid-FriendlyCheddarCheesePastaBakeMonterey JackCasserole/GratinSmall Plates

Yield 12 servings

Number Of Ingredients 10

1 box (16 oz.) dry, small elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
2 cups water
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 cups (12 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack or hot pepper Monterey Jack cheese
1 pinch paprika

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 13x9-inch baking dish or disposable baking pan.
  • Combine cornstarch, salt and pepper in large saucepan. Stir in evaporated milk, water and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses until melted. Place macaroni into prepared dish. Pour cheese sauce over macaroni; stir to coat. Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.
  • This recipe is made available as a courtesy by VeryBestBaking.com, a property of NESTLÉ USA.

SPECIAL MAC AND CHEESE FOR A CROWD

Great meal for busy moms. Kid favorite mac and cheese, with ham and peas made on a large scale. Make up one batch and freeze one or two dishes for meals later. Add salad and bread and you have a complete meal. Great for freezing to save time in the kitchen.

Provided by MsSally

Categories One Dish Meal

Time 45m

Yield 12 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 14

1 lb macaroni
1 tablespoon oil
1 (10 ounce) bag frozen peas
3 cups ham, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
4 cups milk
2 cups cheddar cheese
3 ounces cream cheese
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
garlic salt, to taste
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 cup crouton, crushed

Steps:

  • Boil macaroni in water with 1 Tbsp oil in very large pot until tender.
  • Add frozen peas for last minute of boiling time.
  • Drain and keep warm.
  • While macaroni is boiling, melt butter in medium sized bowl in microwave.
  • Add flour to butter and stir until most of lumps are gone.
  • Add milk all at once and stir to get butter paste incorporated.
  • Microwave on high 8 to 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
  • After first 2 minutes add cream cheese.
  • Continue to stir every 2 minutes until cream cheese is melted in and sauce becomes thick.
  • Add 1-1/2 cups cheese and stir until melted.
  • Mix in salt, pepper, garlic salt and ground mustard.
  • Add to macaroni mixture and stir until sauce is mixed well.
  • Pour into a 9x13-inch casserole.
  • You will probably have enough to fill it and then some. I use two or three 8x8-inch squares.
  • Top with additional cheese and crushed croutons, bake 30 minutes at 350°F.
  • If freezing, leave out last step until ready to bake.

Nutrition Facts : Calories405.3, Fat17.5, SaturatedFat9.4, Cholesterol62.3, Sodium763.7, Carbohydrate38.9, Fiber2.4, Sugar2.5, Protein22.3

Milk or cream or both
flour
butter
sharp or extra sharp cheddar
about 1 lb cheese ends from the deli counter
shredded mozzerella
Ritz crackers, crushed

Steps:

  • My kids always ask me for my recipe for Mac and Cheese. Well, I don't have a recipe, I just do it. But this is the best I can do in the way of a recipe 2 boxes of cooked penne pasta or any other shape that you like 1 stick of margarine enough flour to make a thick paste enough milk or heavy cream or a combination of both to make a thin cream sauce cheese I use about 1 lb of cheese ends from the deli counter. They are all different cheeses mixed up. I have even used ricotta and cream cheese. Anything I have on hand. I also add about 1 ½ lbs of sharp or extra sharp cheddar. Make the cream sauce and add the cheese a little at a time. I don't bother to shred the cheese, just chop it up in small chunks. STIR, STIR, STIR, AND STIR SOME MORE or else the bottom will burn I put half the mac in a pan and then sprinkle about 2 cupfuls of mozzarella on it then add the rest of the mac. Add the sauce to the mac. I like to add a lot so it is really creamy when it is finished. I have started to put crumbs made from crushed ritz cracker browned in butter on top and it's great. Bake in 350 oven until hot and bubbly and the top starts to brown. May cut in half for a lesser amount

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