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Caramelized Onion Macaroni and Cheese

Caramelized Onion Macaroni and Cheese

Feel free to omit the pecans in this recipe. It'll still taste fantastic.

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2004

  • Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 (8-ounce) package large elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (16-ounce) block white Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) 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)


Prepare macaroni according to package directions; set aside.

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

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

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

Stir together remaining half of cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and, if desired, pecans. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni mixture.

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


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