Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Alright you guys, here is another recipe I dug up from my archives that I thought would be great to share this winter. We're still living in our hotel, so I'm oven-less for a few more weeks unfortunately and limited on what I can create. It's been super cold up in Orange County, NY, but we've survived thus far and I've been dreaming of all the comfort food I used to enjoy since we've mostly been snowed in. So, today's recipe is Baked Macaroni and Cheese in the skillet! If you don't already have a skillet, definitely get one because they are awesome and a kitchen essential - you can buy my favorite Lodge Cast Iron here, I know it's a bit of investment, but it's 100% worth it.

We're also going to use our own homemade pasta recipe for this dish, however it's totally optional and you can substitute boxed pasta if you don't have all of the tools. Contrary to popular belief though, making pasta is actually quite simple, especially when you have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer with the Gourmet Pasta Press attachment by your side.

That said, keep scrolling to find the recipe and enjoy this delicious southern comfort food!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Homemade Pasta
Homemade Pasta
Homemade Pasta
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

HOMEMADE SKILLET BAKED MAC 'N CHEESE

INGREDIENTS:
For the Pasta
• 5-6 cups of flour
• 6 eggs
• 3 tablespoons olive oil (optional)

For the Mac and Cheese
• 8 strips of bacon
• 4 tablespoons of butter
• 4 tablespoons of flour
• 3 cups of whole milk
• 2 1/2 bags of cheddar cheese (2 bags of sharp cheddar + 1 bag of mild cheddar)
• 1/4 cup of bread crumbs (optional to get the top crispier)
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• pinch of pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
For the Pasta
Mix 6 cups of flour, 6 eggs and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in your stand mixer on speed 2 using the mix hook. Once the dough is mixed, form it into a ball and lay it out on wax paper sprinkled with flour. Attach the Gourmet Pasta Press attachment to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer with the macaroni press and set your mixer to speed 6 while slowly feeding it walnut sized portions of dough. I always make sure my hands are dusted with a layer of flour so the pasta doesn't stick to me. Once you have made all of your pasta, boil a pot of water and cook the pasta about 3 minutes or until it floats and set aside.

For the Mac and Cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Chop your bacon into small cubes and cook in the skillet over medium heat until crispy and set aside. In a separate pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Once melted, add 4 tablespoons of while whisking the mixture constantly. Slowly add the 3 cups of milk (1/2 cup at a time) and continue to whisk the mixture constantly. Once the mixture has thickened up a bit, you can begin to add your cheese. I recommend add this about 1-2 cups at a time so that the cheese melts thoroughly. Remember to continue to whisk the mixture while adding the cheese. 

In a large bowl or pot combine the macaroni, cheese and bacon and mix thoroughly. Add the mixture to the skillet and top with bread crumbs if you'd like. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crisp. Once it has cooled off, serve it up and enjoy! 

***You can also enjoy this recipe without baking it if you want a creamier version.

 
 

Homemade Waffles & Sausage Gravy

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INGREDIENTS FOR WAFFLES
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 teaspoon table salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 tablespoons crisco shortening
• 1 stick butter (chilled and sliced into pats)
• 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary (chopped)
• 1 tablespoons fresh thyme (chopped)
• 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk (chilled)
• Cooking spray

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUSAGE GRAVY
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 package of Jimmy Dean Roll Sausage
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 cups whole milk
• 1 teaspoon chives (chopped, for garnish)
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS
Preheat waffle iron. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda and whisk together. Add the shortening and mix with flour until small, pea-sized pieces form. Add the cold butter and toss until all of the cubes are coated. Add buttermilk to the flour mixture then mix in rosemary and thyme. 

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray so the waffles don't stick. Scoop dough rounds onto waffle maker and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside while making sausage gravy.

In a large pan, add butter and melt over medium heat then add Jimmy Dean Roll Sausage breakfast and cook until browned. Slowly add flour and stir until dissolved. Gradually stir in milk and cook until thickened and bubbly, about 5-7 minutes. Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve over biscuit waffles and top with chopped chives.