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Sep 8, 2007 10:50 AM

Can I make mac and cheese today and bake it tomorrow?

Can I assemble the mac and cheese today and keep in the fridge overnight and bake tomorrow?

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  1. I do that all the time. I do leave the bread crumbs off until I am ready to bake it.

    1. Sure, it will keep for a couple of days. Good tip to leave the topping off until you bake it.

      1. Yes, but make sure the macaroni is not cooked all the way thru - cook it for a minute - 2 minutes less than usual. That will keep it from getting too mushy.

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        1. re: jeanmarieok

          I had another thought to add. It may to smart to allow both the pasta and sauce to cool before combining and refrigerating. That way the sauce won't further cook the pasta until you heat it the next day. Good luck!

          1. re: monavano

            Cooling the sauce makes it congeal which makes for difficult combination the next day. I slightly undercook the pasta and combine the two before refrigerating. And when there are leftovers, deep-fried mac-n-cheese squares are quite the popular snack/hors d'oeuvres in these parts.

        2. Not only can you make it today and bake it tomorrow, but the day after tomorrow you can batter dip and deep fry the leftovers. Deep fried mac and cheese, ummmmmm.

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          1. re: RachaelRaysConscience

            Rachael, that sounds more like a Paula Deen recipe, how many sticks of butter??

            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              No additional butter. Straight into the friolater.