Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Macaroni & Cheese 101

Have you ever made your own Mac & Cheese? Or do you buy the one in the blue box? Well, honestly my little guy loves the stuff in the box, and won't even try my homemade, but Becca and my hubby absolutely love it. Whenever I bring this dish anywhere, it's always the first to go.

This is Mac & Cheese 101
6 Tbs butter
1/2 cup flour
5 1/2 cups milk - I use 2%
1 lb little shells pasta (I think this is the best shape pasta since the shells holds the sauce so nice)
2 tsp salt, pepper to taste and 1 tsp, freshly ground nutmeg - buy it fresh it's so much better.
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like but the cheddar is really good)

In a deep pot, melt the 6 Tbs butter, add the flour and mix with a whisk for 1 minute, do not let it burn! Immediately add the milk and constantly whisk, add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg....constantly whisking until it gets thick, it will take about 5 mins or not walk away or answer the phone, it will burn, keep whisking!!!

When the sauce gets thick, remove from stove and add the cheese...stir....taste it, does it need more salt, pepper? Add's really yummie now. Cook the pasta, you all now how to cook pasta right? Well if you don't bring a big pot of water up to a boil, and add the pasta, stir it and let cook for about 7 minutes until done. Drain the pasta and add back to that big pot. Using that big pot to mix, pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and stir until all creamy and combined. Spray a large 9x14 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray, and put the pasta with cheese sauce in the dish.

Topping: 4 Tbs butter melted
1 cup bread crumbs -
Melt the butter in a little pot and add the bread crumbs to the melted butter and stir until all combined. Put this topping on top of the mac & cheese...and bake in a 350 oven for 1/2 with foil on....take off the foil for the remaining 10 minutes. You will love this...give it a try, don't be scared, making a cheese sauce is one of the easiest things to make.......Enjoy!


Dave said...


Anonymous said...

Liz's Brother-in-Law checking in - I'll just say this - if it comes from Liz's kitchen it has to be good.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love homemade Mac and Cheese. I make Paula Deen's recipe. AND Michael now prefers it to Kraft. Don't know how people eat the artificial stuff. Enjoy your day!

the voice of melody said...

It looks great, who would want the boxed stuff after this? Oh well, can't win them all! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

Sara said...

I second Phil's comment. My dear Liz, every time I come to your blog these days I feel like I gain five pounds just looking at the pictures! LOL

You've solved my dinner dilema for tonight...mac-and-cheese it is...gluten free of course (do you get the sense that I resent the gluten free thing a bit?! Oh well).