Wonderful!!! Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. The sweetness of the onion and the sharpness of the cheese really works.
Caramelized Onion Macaroni and Cheese
- 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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