Making food from scratch can often require a lot of time and effort, but I am happy to say that making homemade mac and cheese is really so simple.
If you have never made homemade mac and cheese I am now going to open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Mac and cheese is the one meal I can count on my kids devouring. I probably make it at least 3x a month. It's just the best!
Of course there are a million recipes out there to make homemade mac and cheese. I think my first recipe was from the back of a macaroni noodle box. Since I have made it for so long I don't really need the recipe anymore and I have changed it over the years and mixed and measured until I have developed my own recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!
1/2 a box of macaroni/or 1 box of penne noodles. ( I usually double the recipe and freeze it for another time in a disposable aluminum dish)
2.Cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
3.Cups of milk
5. Tbs. Butter
5. Tbs. whole wheat/ or all purpose flour
1. tsp. wet or dry mustard
1. tsp salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
makes 8 servings/ preheat oven to 350
Cook half box of macaroni according to directions on box. While noodles are cooking heat a large sauce pan and melt butter in it. Once butter has melted add 1 Tbs. of flour at a time until it thickens. Once it has thickened into a roux( flour and fat used to thicken sauces) start adding milk 1 cup at a time- constantly stirring until thickened. Now add mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cheese, stirring until incorporated.
Drain noodles and add to sauce. Mix until well combined. Butter a 9x11 casserole dish and spread into dish evenly. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Enjoy and savor some buttery, cheesy, comforty goodness!! ( I realize comforty is not a real word) And of course serve with some greens like broccoli, green beans or salad!
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