Old Fashioned Macaroni Cheese Recipe from Scratch

I never want to be without my old fashioned macaroni cheese recipe. Creamy, cheesy love on a fork.

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1/2 lb elbow macaroni
3 TBS butter
3 TBS flour
1/2 sweet onion, grated
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika

1 egg, beaten well
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups Colby cheese, shredded
1 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 TBS butter
4 bacon slices, cooked, drained and crumbled (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 quart casserole dish.

Cook pasta in salted water for 6 minutes; drain and set aside. In a large pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk, garlic and onion powder, grated onion and paprika. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Beat the egg in a bowl and add 1/3 cup of cheese sauce; whisking constantly. Add to the mixture and mix well. Add 1 cup of the sharp cheddar and 1 cup of the Colby cheese. Add salt and pepper. Pour in the drained cooked pasta, mix well and place in the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining cup of Colby cheese.

Melt the butter for the topping in a small saucepan and add the bread crumbs. Sprinkle on top of the macaroni and cheese; then add the crumbled bacon. Bake for 30 minutes.

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