Baked Macaroni and Cheese w/Eggs

Baked Macaroni and Cheese w/Eggs


I call this comfort food at its best.
I love making food that is not your usual food but goes really well together.  The first time when I prepared it, actually I was alone at home and had leftover Macaroni and Cheese, but I was craving eggs, too. Also, I was without the bread, which is a shocker since I always have bread. So, the only logical thing is to replace the bread with pasta, right?! I made a nest, a little WELL in the middle of the bowl, similar to the picture above, and microwaved it. It was literally one serving for me.

It took longer than I expected since I wanted my egg-white to be done and I like my yolk a bit runny, so about 4 minutes altogether, I believe. I poked and mix around the yolk carefully several times until it was completely done. I must say that it was really, really good and creamy, and on top of all, I was very satisfied with it.

Last week, I made a whole lot of my family. After transferring it to the baking dish, I made sections- one egg, one large rectangle for each serving, although my hubby got 2. Anyways, I made sections, cracked eggs, baked it and voila.
I served it with roasted chicken and steamed broccoli. It was a delightful meal, to be honest.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 6 
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dried macaroni (read notes)
  • 1/2 stick butter –plus more for buttering the baking dish
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar, shredded (1 pack), plus more for baking
  • Salt to taste
  • Herbs (parsley, chives, etc.)
  • 1 Large egg /per serving (salt to season) optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook the macaroni until still a bit firm. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together over lower heat. Cook for a couple minutes, whisking constantly. Don’t let it burn. Pour in the whole milk, and whisk until you see the smooth texture. Cook until thick consistency, then reduce the heat to low.
  4. Add in the cheese and stir until the cheese is completely melted. Add a good pinch of salt.
  5. Add any additional spices if desired, such as herbs – chives, parsley, thyme, etc. Taste the cheese sauce and add more salt if needed.
  6. Mix in the drained, cooked macaroni and stir well to coat it equally with the cheese sauce.
  7. Transfer Macaroni and Cheese into a well buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese and make a little well for an egg. Crack an egg in the well and season with pinch of salt.
  8. Bake until bubbly and golden, about 25 to 30 minutes, and until the egg/s are done (well done takes longer time. Cover it with the aluminum foil to protect it from burning.
  9. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh or dry herbs before serving.

ENJOY!!!

NOTE**

  • You can use any smaller pasta similar to the Macaroni, such as rigatoni, penne, rigate, etc.
  • Cover the whole baking dish with heavy duty aluminum foil to prevent from burning, and also the eggs will cook faster.
  • You can cook eggs to over easy (soft sunny side up), or harder which will take longer.
  • I should mention that eggs are optional. If you do not plan to use eggs at all, cooking time will be 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
  • Chives, green onions, or parsley gives you fantastic taste, and it is pretty for garnish as well.
  • It can be in the fridge for up to 7 days (in airtight {with a lid} container). HEAT in microwave/oven safe dish before eating.
  • You can serve this with a fried sunny side up egg instead of baking it with the mac and cheese.
If you try it, please let me know in the comment section or use hashtags on instagram #sandraseasycooking, and show me your masterpiece.
Have a beautiful day!
 
Sincerely,

Sandra


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