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Caramelized Onion Macaroni and Cheese

Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Bake time 1 hr
Stand time 10 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
Feel free to omit the pecans in this recipe. It will still taste fantastic.


  • 1 (8-oz.) package large elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (16-oz.) block white Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 32 saltine crackers, finely crushed and divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Prepare macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.

  2. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and 1 tsp. sugar. Cook, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes or until onions are caramel-colored.

  3. Layer half each of macaroni, onions, cheeses, and cracker crumbs in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Layer with remaining macaroni, onions, and cheeses.

  4. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients; pour over macaroni mixture.

  5. Stir together remaining cracker crumbs, melted butter, and, if desired, pecans. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni mixture.

  6. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until golden brown and set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.