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Freezer Mac and Cheese

This freezer mac and cheese is perfect for the busy family who wants an easy, homemade meal. Kids (and adults) will LOVE it!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy, Freezer Meal, homemade, Kid-Friendly
Servings: 8
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Karrie

Ingredients

White Sauce Base

  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz dried macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup colby cheese shredded
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Sprinkle cornstarch overtop and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, until foamy and simmering (do not let it brown).
  • Add chicken broth; cook, whisking constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes, until sauce thickens and starts to simmer. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pasta: In a large bowl, combine white sauce and cream. Add Colby, and Sharp Cheddar cheeses; stir until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  • Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook macaroni for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to get soft (the pasta should be starting to get tender but have a firm bite). Drain and rinse with cold water to cool quickly. Set aside.

MAKE IT NOW

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Return macaroni to stockpot, add cheese sauce and gently mix together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 9- by 9-inch baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden on top and bubbly on the inside. Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve.

MAKE IT A FREEZER MEAL

  • Let cheese sauce cool to room temperature. Return cooled macaroni to stockpot, add sauce and gently mix together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 9-by-9 -inch baking dish. Wrap baking dish tightly with plastic wrap, pressing down gently to remove air. Cover with foil. Label and place in freezer.

THAW AND COOK

  • Place baking dish in refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours to thaw. Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove foil and plastic wrap. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden on top and bubbly on the inside. Let cool for 10 minutes, then serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1355IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 0.7mg