Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese is oven baked until the cheese browns and bubbles. It’s creamy, deliciously cheesy, and sure to please.

Baked macaroni and cheese is the perfect comfort food to serve guests, bring to a holiday party or a family gathering. Kids love it and adults (while may feel to guilty to order themselves) won’t pass it up at a pot luck. 🙂

Macaroni and cheese reminds me, and probably you too, of childhood. Whether it’s baked like this Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese, made creamy and delicious on the stove top like my Super Creamy Mac and Cheese, or came from the blue box, it’s something all kids get excited about.

And really, who can blame them! I’m a grown woman and I’m not ashamed to admit — macaroni and cheese is exciting!

Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

There are so many varieties of mac and cheese. Of course there’s the simple boxed kind with the powdered cheese … I know I’m not alone when I say I always “test” it before serving. 🙂

Or homemade, the cheese really changes the dish. It’s fun to experiment with the cheese combos.

But here’s my rule of thumb — use high quality cheese. If you’re just sticking with cheddar, use a nice, strong, flavorful white cheddar. You know the kids that almost crumbles when you grate it? The kind that compliments a red wine so well.

Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

If you’re using more than one type of cheddar just make sure to stick with sharp varieties. Sharp cheddar tends to pack more of a cheesy flavor. And really that’s what you want, cheesy goodness.

Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

Now, to be completely honest.

I originally intended to make the baked macaroni and cheese I grew up eating. It was one of my favorite meals and the cool fall weather had me craving comfort food.

But life happens.

We’ve recently moved and when I went to get the ingredients out I realized I only had stone ground whole wheat flour and whole grain elbow noodles. The kids were really looking forward to dinner (and so was I) so I decided why not give whole grain a try.

Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

While the macaroni and cheese has a darker tan color, it’s still delicious. My daughter couldn’t wait for dinner she actually ate the plate I photographed. 🙂

Now, if you’d like to make this macaroni and cheese more traditionally just swap out the stone ground whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour and use white pasta. And if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy it both ways.

Love experimenting with macaroni and cheese? Try these recipes as well:

Super Simple Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Super Simple Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Mascarpone Macaroni and Cheese

mascarpone mac and cheese

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Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese
Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese is oven baked until the cheese browns and bubbles. It’s creamy, deliciously cheesy, and sure to please.
Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese
Course Dinner, Holiday, Lunch, Main Dish, side dish
Cuisine American, Holiday, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Holiday, Lunch, Main Dish, side dish
Cuisine American, Holiday, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil water and cook pasta al dente, according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter, over medium low heat. Add flour and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Slowly pour in milk while continuing to whisk.
  5. Season with nutmeg, cayenne, white pepper and salt.
  6. Stir in cheese. Taste and add more seasoning and cheese if needed.
  7. Add in cooked pasta and mix together.
  8. Butter a 9x13 baking dish. Pour macaroni and cheese into dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake about 20 minutes until the macaroni and cheese begins to brown and bubble.
  10. Serve and Enjoy!

Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

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10 comments on “Whole Grain Macaroni and Cheese

  1. This looks delicious and actually reminds me of my favourite recipe growing up which was my mum’s macaroni fish pie. I know it sounds different but it was white fish in a cheesy sauce topped with a wholegrain macaroni cheese and it was the macaroni cheese bit that was my favourite bit of pie. Seeing this has made me think about recreating her recipe now! So, thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice.

    • Your welcome Corina! I’ve never heard of fish pie, but anything topped mac and cheese has to be delicious 🙂

  2. Homemade mac and cheese is a recipe that everyone should have, your’s looks fantastic! I love that you used mozzarella in with the cheddar, it will add great stringy texture!

    • Thanks! It was actually the first time I’ve added mozzarella. You’re right, it gave it a creamy, stringy texture. Don’t you just love experimenting with the cheeses in mac and cheese? 🙂

  3. Oh I am so with you – I LOVE macaroni cheese! I keep reinventing it and trying to better my last version. I love the idea of using wholewheat pasta – I definitely need to work on a healthier version…the regular version is amazing comfort food, but not exactly a healthy option!! Thanks for the inspiration. Eb x

    • I’m the same as you, always reinventing it. When it comes to macaroni and cheese there are just so many options! 🙂

  4. Hey Jennifer…! am totally with you ! i love mac and cheese, am so glad reads your recipe, and this looks so yumm & delicious. i will make it am sure my family will like it. Thanks for sharing….!

  5. What a great way to add a little extra nutrition into a family favourite!

  6. We all love a good mac n cheese, it is pure comfort in a bowl! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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