Friday, June 11, 2010

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese


So I first made this dish back in dental school when we had a dinner party with "Comfort Foods" as the theme. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, especially my husband. I have altered the recipe (mainly more cheese!), and also added a how-to tutorial. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cups cooked macaroni (8 ounces raw)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • paprika and bread crumbs for garnish, optional

PREPARATION: 




In a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. 




Stir flour into the butter until smooth and bubbly in increments. Stir in salt and black pepper (if using). 




Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. 



Add cheese and continue to stir until melted. Add the cheese sauce to the cooked pasta. 




Sprinkle with bread crumbs and paprika, if desired. 






Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serves 6.

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