Monday, April 15, 2013

Granny’s Mac & Cheese

Happy Monday friends!  The Mr. and I spent a nice weekend at home doing some small projects around the house and ran a few errands.  It was nice not to have too much to do this weekend.  We don’t have enough weekends like that; we’re going to work on that!  It definitely makes for a smoother transition back to the work week.  Know what I mean?
From the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
My granny, my dad's mom, made two things that we still talk about: mac-n-cheese and cheesecake.  My granny did many things well, but these two recipes were perfected and spectacular.  When she passed away a few years ago, many of her recipes went with her. I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen testing and trying to replicate her recipes.  This recipe is as close as I have gotten to her mac-n-cheese (I'm still really far off on the cheesecake lol). I think the only thing that would make this recipe better is if it were just her and I around her kitchen table sharing this dish.  Every time I make this recipe, memories of her flood my mind.  What a wonderful legacy she left.  I hope you like my version of my granny's mac-n-cheeseDSC_0597-3
2.5 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
2.5 tbs all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 tbs unsalted butter, diced into small pieces
3 cups shredded cheddar
1 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions and then drain and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combined flour, salt, & pepper.
  4. You’re going to layer the ingredients, kind of like a lasagna. Put a layer of macaroni noodles in the baking dish (about half of your noodles).  Then on top of the noodles, sprinkle half of the flour mixture followed by half of the butter, and then half of the cheese.  Repeat until you’ve used all of your ingredients.  Then pour milk over the entire dish.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.  Then remove the foil and cook for an additional 10 minutes (this will give you some nice crunchies on top....and everyone loves crunchies :-)
This recipe is so special to me; I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 
Do you have a recipe that floods your mind with memories?
xoxo Darby


Joy said...

OH MY WORD.... I've got to make this REAL soon! =)

Michelle said...

Interesting that you use raw noodles on this. I make a baked mac n cheese but you cook the noodles and make the sauce at the same time, combine and then bake.

Gotta love baked mac n cheese!

applesandglue said...

Oh my goodness, I have to make this!! The layering part makes me nervous though, I probably will screw it up!

The Tiny Button said...

YUM!!!! I'm starving now!! LOL

Jessica K said...

How weird! I was just going through cookbooks and came across a similar recipe and thought I should try it! Totally giving this one a shot! I love my mac n cheese a little crunchy!!

Lauren said...

All of my baked macaronis have been not-so-great but I have never tried layering before - I bet that is the secret! I'm excited to try this!

A Brew of Blessings said...

Seriously! How amazing does this look!?

Susan Fleming said...

such a wonderful lady and you are giving her a great tribute...

Unknown said...

Confession... promise you won't revoke my southern girl card? I have never made mac and cheese that didn't come from a blue box...

Yeahhhh gonna have to remedy that with a little help from granny!

Alexa said...

OMG. This looks outstanding! Must give it a try!

Haylee said...

Very yummy Darby! Thanks for the quick and easy side dish. We enjoyed with steak while my dad was here and he said it tasted like his grandmas too!:)

Kellyn Fleming said...

we will have to make this together in November!!! Love Granny's Mac n Cheese!

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