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
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!|
|After 20 minutes.|
|After 24 minutes.|