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Easy Baked Mac and Cheese

Alia and Radwa
Simple, creamy, and cheesy, this easy baked mac and cheese is the tastiest side dish you'll ever make!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups cooked elbow pasta (2 cups uncooked, al-dente)
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (freshly grated)
  • 3/4 cup shredded white cheddar (freshly grated)
  • 2 cups milk (divided)
  • 2 cloves grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (taste)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (or sweet paprika*)
  • 2 teapoons oregano
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (cubed)

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta just until a little under al-dente, about 4-5 minutes. 
  • In a 12x8 baking dish add cooked pasta, 1 1/2 cups milk, grated garlic, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and oregano.
  • Stir together until well mixed.
  • Top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese, white cheddar, butter, and cream cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Stir together, making sure melted cream cheese coats all of the pasta. 
  • Heat the remaining milk and stir it into the pasta to get it to your desired consistency.

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Notes

*For a sweeter, less smokey flavor, substitute sweet paprika for smoked paprika. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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