macaroni ‘n’ cheesePosted: December 4, 2011
Today I actually ate dim sum, and I haven’t actually cooked in a week. school is insane! I should get to work! but first, I wanted to share a real mac ‘n’ cheese recipe, baked and spiced. I heard sister 2 still makes it outta a box and I wanted to tell you..this is so simple! and tastes so much better!!!
Not the greatest picture in the world, but it will do for our purposes. Recipe after the jump 🙂
- 4 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp flour
- 1 cup whole milk (I have also done half skim, half 1/2 and 1/2, but it needs to have…fat)
- Panko bread crumbs
- Pasta (elbow macaroni, shells, any kind really, as long as it is little and not spaghetti!)
- Gruyere, Parmesan, and Cheddar, grated, roughly 1/2 cup each or more
- Salt and Pepper
- Suggested spices: nutmeg, paprika, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt
- Grate cheeses and set aside in a bowl; preheat oven to 375 degrees and boil pasta.
- While the pasta is cooking away – in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; once completely bubbly and melted (but not burned!), whisk in 4 tbsp of flour – be sure to whisk so flour does not get clumpy and turn heat down, also. Once whisked together, add milk and stir until fully blended – then add in cheese bit by bit
- In about 2-3 min., see how the texture is – should be a melted, cheesy sauce; if it’s not thick enough, you can add a bit more flour and more cheese..I tend to just keep going until it seems about right. Then add spices and blend well.
- Combine cheese mixture and pasta in a baking pan and sprinkle panko – sometimes I add a bit more spice and parmesan on top! Put in oven and bake for roughly 25-30 min or until golden brown. Turn oven to broiler and bake for 2-3 more minutes to achieve the golden brown panko effect!
I can’t remember where I got this recipe, but I’m sure there are lots of variances. Anyway, it’s awesome and it tastes real good. Can’t wait to you soon sisters.