Macaroni and Cheese Baked Gourmet Casserole

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Macaroni and 3 Cheese Gourmet Casserole

Jeff Baygents
This is real easy to make after the macaroni is cooked. It is a very gourmet tasting side dish and can also be served as the main course; it's that good.
5 from 1 vote
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins
Cook initial macaroni noodles 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 8
Calories 219kcal


Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 3 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 lge. egg beaten
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • ¾ cup whole buttermilk or ¾ cup regular milk and 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • tsp garlic powder or double amt. minced garlic
  • tsp cayenne red pepper
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese shredded or cutup
  • ¼ cup longhorn cheese shredded or cutup; or Colby or Monterey Jack
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated or shredded; or Provolone Cheese

Topping Ingredients

  • cup cheddar cheese shredded


  • Cook the macaroni in water first.
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  • Prepare a greased, square (9", 2½ qt. or similar) baking casserole dish.
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  • When macaroni is nearly cooked, preheat oven to 375° F.
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  • Mix together all the main ingredients (except macaroni) in a medium sized mixing bowl.
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  • When the macaroni is done, drain in a strainer, run cold water over to cool a bit, shake to strain excess water, and then fold them into the bowl's mixture. Combine thoroughly to coat macaroni.
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  • Sprinkle the toppings ingredients across the macaroni mixture and cover it.
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  • Bake (covered) in center rack or a little higher for 30 minutes.
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  • Remove cover and finish baking for 20 more minutes (or until browned on top).
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Can also bake at 350°F but add 10 minutes to the uncovered baking time.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 1mg


History of This Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Baked Gourmet Recipe

This was one of the most popularly demanded side dishes in New Orleans. When working as the number 3 Manager in a popular New Orleans cafeteria style restaurant, it was possibly the hardest work I had ever done in my life. The building had massive chandeliers, beautiful décor, and 3 huge dining rooms, which sat about 500 patrons. We had about 70-80 wait (serving) staff. Work was 6 days a week, 6:30 AM to 10 PM. The food, coupled with the culture of New Orleans, were great experiences.

Regarding the foods and their preparation, most of the dishes back then were made from well established scratch recipes. This one has been slightly modified due to other foods experiences and has remained unchanged since the 1980s. It is absolutely a true delight to see faces light up when people first experience the melding of these natural flavors. We haven’t bought packaged or frozen macaroni and cheese in decades. Hopefully you’ll have the same pleasing experience with your family.

It’s an excellent side dish for many main courses. But, this one is an excellent alternative to rice or potatoes when serving, for example, fish, chicken, or meatloaf as a main course. Here are a couple of those incredible main course recipes:

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Macaroni and Cheese Baked Casserole ingredients
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Completed Macaroni and Cheese Baked Casserole


This macaroni and cheese recipe is also a good complementary side to add along with this recipe for sugar snap peas. Visit our site often so you can always see the latest new recipes posted there.

Both Italians and English enjoyed different variations of macaroni and cheese dishes in the 14th century. In America, it’s often considered as a “comfort” food. Here’s some Wikipedia info on Macaroni.

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