My Friend Callie’s Old-Fashioned MACARONI & CHEESE Casserole

Table of Contents: PASTA

 

2 quarts salted water

3 cups raw elbow macaroni

½ stick (1/4 cup) butter or margarine

4 cups coarsely grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Salt to taste, plus extra for eggs & milk mixture

2 large eggs

1 ½-cups milk

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe can be made in a 2-quart or 3-quart flat baking dish, or in a round baking dish.  The photo was made using a 2-quart rectangular dish.

 

Prepare a baking dish with spray-oil.  In a large pot, bring the water to a full boil; then “drizzle” the macaroni into the boiling water.  Stir a couple of times; then cover with a lid and turn the heat off the burner, but allow the pot to stay placed on the burner.  Set the timer for 9 minutes.  After 9 minutes, check to be sure the macaroni is just tender, and immediately drain into a colander.  Do not overcook the macaroni.

 

Place the butter in the now-empty pot and swirl around to coat the pot; then return the hot macaroni to the pot.  Add 2 ½ cups of the cheese; then mix to completely blend.  Taste for salt and add, if needed.

 

In a bowl, beat the eggs very well; then beat in the milk.  Sprinkle with a little extra salt.  Stir the egg mixture into the macaroni mixture and blend very well.

 

Pour the macaroni mixture into the prepared baking dish and top evenly with the remaining cheese.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees until the cheese is bubbling and the top is beginning to brown.  Do not overcook, or the casserole will become too dry.

 

Callie Cotton Lawrence is the sister of Georgia Cotton McKeithen that helped teach me to cook.  Now days, they live together and are quite an entertaining pair.  All of their family and our family agree that Callie’s Macaroni and Cheese is the very best.  This past Christmas, she was going to make it for Christmas Dinner, and I asked a big favor of her.  “Please write it down or have someone write it down as you cook it.”  Bless Pat; she did it, even with all of the commotion that goes on while preparing Christmas Dinner.  Everyone who makes this recipe will be thankful to you, Callie, for taking the time to give us the real, old-fashioned recipe for Macaroni and Cheese.

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