Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese is hands down my favorite food. I like to joke that anything a 5 year-old would eat, I prefer as well since I’m quite a picky eater. This is a recipe my mom made for us growing up and just tastes like heaven to me. It is simple, but such a comfort food for me.

Start by boiling 2 1/2 c. macaroni until it is just al dente. It will continue to cook in the oven, so you don’t want to start off with a soggy noodle. Rinse and drain with cold water when finished.

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

 

Next, we’ll make a simple white sauce. Combine flour with a few tablespoons of milk until it has formed a paste.

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Add in butter, salt, dry mustard, milk, and pepper. I almost always use a whisk until it starts to thicken up just to help break up any flour clumps.

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Cook over medium heat until it comes to a full boil, stirring constantly or your milk will burn. Turn off heat and add in cheese. If you’re trying to be good, use 2 cups. If you’re trying to make something decadent and amazingly delicious, use closer to 4 cups.

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

 

Next, add in macaroni and stir until well combined and noodles are nicely coated.

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Pour into a 9×13″ pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

 

You may also choose to butter some bread and cut it into pieces and place those buttered pieces face up on top of the macaroni and cheese before baking. This makes fun, tasty little croutons. Enjoy!

Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups dry macaroni
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1/3 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 3/4 t. dry mustard
  • dash pepper
  • 3 1/3 c. milk
  • 2-4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • bread (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start by boiling 2 1/2 c. macaroni until it is just al dente. It will continue to cook in the oven, so you don't want to start off with a soggy noodle. Rinse and drain with cold water when finished.
  2. Combine flour with a few tablespoons of milk until it has formed a paste.
  3. Add in butter, salt, dry mustard, milk, and pepper. I almost always use a whisk until it starts to thicken up just to help break up any flour clumps.
  4. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a full boil, stirring constantly or your milk will burn.
  5. Turn off heat and add in cheese. If you're trying to be good, use 2 cups. If you're trying to make something decadent and amazingly delicious, use closer to 4 cups.
  6. Add in macaroni and stir until well combined and noodles are nicely coated. 
  7. Pour into a 9x13" pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. 
  8. Optional: You may also choose to butter some bread and cut it into pieces and place those buttered pieces face up on top of the macaroni and cheese before baking. This makes fun, tasty little croutons.
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