Saturday, July 30, 2011

You're SO Cheesy!! - Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Today's delicious recipe is Homemade Macaroni and Cheese. It was really tasty! Here's a picture of Paul basking in the smell to inspire you to make this great, easy recipe.

Now, if you're sufficiently curious, here's the recipe. It only takes about 40 minutes total, prep and cook time.

Homemade, Baked Macaroni and Cheese

   You will need ....

   * 1 lb package macaroni or shells
   * 1 cube butter
   * 8 tablespoons flour
   * 2 cups milk
   * 2 cups heavy cream
   * 1 teaspoon salt
   * Cayenne pepper, to taste
   * 3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
   * 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
   * Paprika

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cook and drain pasta according to package directions; set aside.

While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large saucepan/pot. Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended. Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly.

The mixture may seem VERY thin at first. That's okay! It'll thicken up even before adding the cheese.

Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly - very important. Milk boils over easily!)

 Reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly - again, important.  You don't want it to coagulate too fast!) 10 minutes. The mixture will begin to firm up.

 Add shredded cheese little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.

 Turn off heat and add pasta to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce.

Ready for the oven!
Transfer mixture to a buttered baking dish, top with cayenne and paprika and bake 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

After 20 minutes.

After 24 minutes.


1 comment:

not2brightGRAM said...

That looks so scrump-dilly-icious!

^ cheesy comment ^

I LOVE homemade baked macaroni and cheese. I haven't made it in years, so next time you're up...