Everyone loves mac and cheese and it is the easiest meal to prepare, regardless of the number of servings. It is also a comfort food that comes in variations. Most people find difficulties in cooking because of their busy schedule and getting things done at work, to help them pay for their home needs. However, easy baked mac and cheese is the to-go meal for any lazy cook. It is easy to prepare, with ingredients that you can easily find in the store next to you. No hassle driving through different cities to get the required ingredients.
In addition to that, if your family is crazy about mac and cheese, you can definitely try the below recipes and eat a tasty meal for less. However, some people prefer to use expensive cheese, which is okay, but recipe baked mac and cheese can be made with very affordable ingredients and still get the amazing flavor. The ingredients used are based on the number of your servings and you can adjust the quantity at any time. There are many recipes of making easy baked mac and cheese that people are already using and they love it. The two recipes below have done magic to my easy baked mac and cheese and my family love it. There is no way right or wrong way when it comes to baking the meals you love. Any method works just fine, so go for what works best for you. Below are two easy recipes of making easy baked mac and cheese at home that have made my family want to eat this dish daily.
Easy baked mac and cheese with heavy cream
Heavy cream works as a perfect substitute of milk. In addition to that, you can also use whipping cream as an alternative of milk and the heavy cream. However, when using heavy or whipping cream, you should have it in mind that the final product is going to have excess fat and calories as compared to using milk in the recipe. Moreover, you can skip using butter when using heavy cream because they serve almost the same purpose. You can use the heavy cream and the whipping cream interchangeably for your macaroni and cheese. There are fourteen milk substitutes for mac and cheese that you can use, some of which include the following.
Cream cheese acts as the perfect substitute for milk in making bakedmac and cheese. Too much cheese is amazing especially when used in preparing your easy baked mac and cheese. However, you should know that using excess cheese is going to give your baked mac and cheese a different taste, but not far from using milk. So you will not notice a huge difference when using cheese. You can choose to add or not to add butter to your mixture and get a cheesy flavor of your easy baked mac and cheese.
Sour cream is also another perfect milk substitute that can be used in preparing your easy baked mac and cheese, especially if you cannot afford to get cheese and you have sour cream at home. It gives the baked mac and cheese a creamier look and has a tangy taste. However, it is not a must that you use the sour cream as a substitute. You can use it as an addition to your mac and cheese. After all, the taste is what you are looking for in the whole recipe.
Plain Yoghurt in baked mac and cheese recipe
There are some brands of mac and cheese that have plain yoghurt as part of the recipe, so you can choose to work with plain yoghurt as a substitute or a part of preparing your easy baked mac and cheese. It has a tangy taste and is creamier. In addition to that, using Greek yoghurt gives the mac and cheese and extra creamy taste. Moreover, you can also choose to use homemade yoghurt if you love your mac and cheese with yoghurt.
Powdered milk also does magic to mac and cheese the same way liquid milk does. The good thing about using powdered milk is that it has a slightly thicker consistency as compared to the regular milk. It also has extra sugar which can add taste to your mac and cheese.
Soy Milk for baked mac and cheese
Soy milk also work well as a perfect substitute for the regular milk in making mac and cheese. Ensure that you are using an unflavored version of the milk because using a vanilla flavored soy milk changes the whole taste of the baked mac and cheese. This does not mean that you cannot use it, because you can use it but have it in mind that the recipe will be a lot sweeter.
The type of the milk that we have at home is usually cow milk. However, there are some instances where you may be having goat milk at home and you want to prepare your baked mac and cheese, but you fear that it might not turn out well. The good news is that you can use the goat milk to prepare the baked mac and cheese. In addition to that, goat milk also has a lower lactose content. This is a big advantage for people who experience different problem when they drink cow’s milk as they can drink the goat milk without any problems.
The only difference that occurs with using water in place of milk is it has less flavor and is also less creamy. Since water does not have a thick consistency, you might consider adding more cheese or butter to the mixture to give the desired consistency and to avoid giving you a runny cheese sauce. Add more butter or cheese than you would normally use to get the recipe on the right track.
I love using coconut milk in my easy baked mac and cheese. It gives my mac and cheese a more creamy texture and the coconut flavor taste amazing. If you are a vegan, this is the best substitute to use in place of milk in making your macaroni. Full fat coconut milk does the magic, but you can also use canned coconut milk, which is thicker and creamier. Use unsweetened coconut milk for the best results.
Rice milk has a close taste to a cow’s milk. However it is less creamy, and when using it, you should consider using more cheese, butter or other thickeners.
This milk is more sweater than the regular milk but is less creamy. The good thing about using almond is that it has a neutral taste, hence it will not change the taste of your mac and cheese that much. Moreover, you can add flour to this mixture as a thickener because almond is less thick. Use the same quantity of almond milk like you would do with regular milk.
Consequently, this second recipe can also use all the other ingredients apart from eggs. Some people do not fancy the taste of eggs in their recipe and they would want to prepare easy baked mac and cheese without eggs.
Easy Baked Mac and Cheese
Recipe by The Cheese MacCourse: Main, DinnerCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Everyone loves mac and cheese and it is the easiest meal to prepare, regardless of the number of servings.
4-6 cups of water
About 2 and a half cups of macaroni
Cheese of any choice; British mature cheddar cheese, grated mozzarella cheese, British red Leicester cheese, mozzarella cheese. Or my recipe, I use all of the named cheese.
Seasonings: Garlic powder, all-purpose seasoning, and paprika.
Put water in a cooking pot and bring to a boil.
Add about a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water.
Add about 2 and a half cups of macaroni and let boil for about 5-6 minutes. This boiling period depends on the instructions that are on the package of the macaroni.
Stir it up and until everything mix well in the boiling water.
While the macaroni is boiling, mix all the cheese you are using in a plate or a small bowl.
Stir the cooked macaroni for the last time to mix everything then drain the excess water.
Mix in some butter to the already cooked macaroni. The reason you are doing this is to help stop further cooking of the macaroni.
Turn on your heat and on a clean pan, add butter and a little bit of flour and stir until everything is mixed.
Add milk or any of the above substitutes gradually as you stir the mixture.
Ensure that everything is well mixed.
Add your seasonings, that is, garlic powder, paprika and all-seasonings. This is to give the mixture a little bit of a spicy taste and flavor. Then stir well.
Preheat the oven to about 200 degrees.
Add cheese to the boiling mixture and mix in well. Ensure that the mozzarella and all the other cheese are melted.
Add macaroni and mix it well for about three minutes.
Pour the mixture in a baking tin and spread it evenly. At this point, you can and more cheese as topping.
Put your mixture in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Serve as desired.
In conclusion, preparing baked mac and cheese is very easy and does not require ingredients that are difficult to find in your store. You can prepare the recipe with milk, or any of the above milk substitutes and choose whether or not to use eggs in your recipe. The results are still amazing either way and you will enjoy your easy baked mac and cheese with your family and even friends. However, take note that the ingredients can be increased or reduces, depending on the number of people you are serving or on the quantity of ingredients that you have at the moment. You can also choose to add more seasonings or reduce those you do not need in the recipes.