Scrumptious Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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It's cold and snowy outside today.
Cold weather always reminds me of comfort foods.
Comfort foods are the warm and filling foods that remind us of our childhood. We were young and innocent without many cares it the world at the time. On the dinner table would be the perfect food that was warm and would fill the belly.

The quintessential comfort food for me would be mac and cheese.


Scrumptious Homemade Macaroni and Cheese



Scrumptious Homemade Macaroni and Cheese


Yes, it is nice to have the convenience of a $1 box of macaroni and the seasonings to make the cheese. Pretty much anyone can boil the water and add the milk and butter to make this perfect comfort meal. But, I am an adult now and I need something a bit more adult-like with ingredients that I can pronounce and identify.

Homemade macaroni and cheese is like a meal from heaven for people like me who LOVE their cheese.

I could eat cheese all day long. I always have at least four or five different kinds of cheese at a time in my refrigerator. I like having my soft cheeses, my Italian cheeses, and my add to my salad cheese. Sometimes, I also pick up something fun and different to shake things up. Having different kinds of cheese on hand helps me experiment with my mac and cheese by introducing different kinds of tastes thanks to the cheese.

What kind of cheese should you put into your homemade mac and cheese?

The kinds of cheese that you use is entirely up to you. However, there are some standard cheeses that seem to really go well with macaroni.
The yellow cheese choice that work would include Colby and Cheddar. I'm fond of sharp cheddar but, I don't like too much of an overwhelming taste so I will balance that out with something a bit more mild.

What ever cheese you choose to use, a shredded or grated cheese works best. That is because these kinds of cuts will melt more evenly. A more even melt will allow for a more consistent end product.

And don't forget the butter.
If there is one thing that makes any macaroni and cheese, including boxed and homemade, is the butter.
It is the butter, not a shortening or butter-alike or whatever- that works with the flavors of the cheese to nail that perfect deep flavor that teases our taste buds. I find that butter, as opposed to oleo for example, helps to give a more consistent texture that I like in a macaroni and cheese.

The kind of macaroni noodles that you mean may not matter as much as the other ingredients.
I tend to use the higher fiber options out there myself.




The Recipe

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Scrumptious Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
The homemade version of what could be the perfect comfort food.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked Elbow or other similar pasta
  • 3 cups total, shredded or grated Cheese- can use all cheddar or mix cheddar with another cheese such as Colby. I use a sharp cheese and add another for taste.
  • 1/2 stick Butter- unsalted
  • 2 1/2 cups, room temperature Milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt- Kosher preferred
  • paprika, pepper, and/or ground mustard as desired Optional items
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 and prep a baking or casserole dish for nonstick- I use butter.In a large pot or saucepan over medium heat, melt your butter.Once your butter is melted, whisk in your flour until mixed in. Slowly add your milk, continuing to whisk as you go.Once your ingredients have thickened and blended, stir in your cheese, adding a bit at a time and stirring as you add. You can add your salt here as well.When your cheese has evenly melted, you can remove it from the stove and stir in your pasta adding any optional ingredients that you would like baked in as well (such as broccoli or meats)Pour your mix into your baking dish and top with any optional ingredients such a paprika .. You can top with additional cheese if desired.Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top begins to brown.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3-5
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3 comments:

  1. Everyone favorite food especially for the kids. I love to use sharp cheese in mine often but they like milder cheese. Bake it till its good and brown around the edges is how they like it too. thanks for the recipe

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  2. My family loves mac and cheese so I will be making this.

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  3. A lot of people forgo mac and cheese because they think it's complicated, but your recipe proves that it is so easy to prepare. And it tastes so much better than the boxed version.

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