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Crunchy Macaroni and Cheese

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Crunchy Macaroni Salad
55 Min

For kids and adults who are big macaroni and cheese lovers, our baked dish of Crunchy Macaroni and Cheese is pure heaven. With the addition of the crackers on top, it becomes a crunchy, creamy delight!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted, divided
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 24 saltine crackers, coarsely crushed

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 1.5-quart or 9- x 13-inch baking dish (see Notes) with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain, rinse, and drain again.
  3. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, 1/2 cup butter, the cheese, eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
  4. Lay crackers in a single layer over top of casserole and drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup melted butter.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until heated through and top is golden.


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have make the recipe before and only changes it with cornflakes on top and returned back to oven to brown top

next time use corn flakes on top and then return to oven to brown.

I gather you all are fairly young. I am 77, make a three or four cheese Mac & Cheese with coarsely crushed crackers as did my mother before me. The crushed crackers on Mac & Cheese is a very old way of making it.

That really does NOT sound appealing at all!! Crackers on top of noodles! Thats a starch with a starch! If you like a crunchiness add a crumble of bread crumbs and bacon. Or crush some fresh nuts and bake. Anything but another starch. Just saying.

Wouldn't bread crumbs be a "starch with a starch" also? I think the cracker crumbs sounds good with the little saltiness of them. I have put them on tuna noodle cassaroles and they are yummy!

I personally like/use canned French-fried onions rings on one-dish casseroles, added the last 3-4 mins. of baking. It's All Good!

Why make a negative comment before you even try the recipe?

I would rather make my own mac cheese - make it with 4 cheeses and bake; then spread a little cheese on top . . . no crackers in this great dish - not "dissing" Mr. Food, my family just prefers my recipe instead of his . . .

Why not share your recipe? I have yet to find a mac n cheese recipe that I like. They are usually too dry, tasteless or have a starchy taste from thickening the sauce with flour. And I've tried a version with eggs, like this one, and it was Oh Sooo NOT good!

If you'd rather make your own, why put a negative comment on theirs?

Sounds delicious! I think I'd prefer using oyster cracker.

very good. cook noodles al dente


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