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

loml Sep 8, 2007 10:50 AM

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

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    NE_Elaine RE: loml Sep 8, 2007 10:59 AM

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

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      bear RE: loml Sep 8, 2007 11:25 AM

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

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        jeanmarieok RE: loml Sep 8, 2007 12:14 PM

        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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          monavano RE: jeanmarieok Sep 8, 2007 01:43 PM

          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
            JungMann RE: monavano Sep 10, 2007 01:15 PM

            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.

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          RachaelRaysConscience RE: loml Sep 8, 2007 02:04 PM

          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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            Diane in Bexley RE: RachaelRaysConscience Sep 10, 2007 12:48 PM

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

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              RachaelRaysConscience RE: Diane in Bexley Sep 10, 2007 06:49 PM

              No additional butter. Straight into the friolater.

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