It was a very nasty and rainy weekend here on Long Island, New York. Spring was here, but i definitely felt the need to snuggle up with a good book and somthing warm and filling for dinner. Aside from soup, my favorite comfort food is good, old-fashioned macaroni and cheese. I have a wonderful and fairly simple recipe that i hope you enjoy as much as i do!
5c. whole milk (this is not the time to be diet conscious!)
16oz. cheese (i buy pre-shredded cheddar)
1 box macaroni (i use Barilla elbow)
1 stick of unsalted butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
cayenne to taste
1/2 tsp dry mustard
I usually have most of these ingredients on hand in my pantry. You can choose whatever type of cheese you prefer, but it is definitely worth buying the pre-shredded cheese!!!! You can also adjust the seasonings as you wish.
Start cooking your pasta following the directions on the box. You DO NOT want to overcook!!!!!!
In a large non-stick skillet, melt your butter. Slowly add flour a little at a time, stirring constantly. You are making a roux. When flour and butter are nicely incorporated, slowly add milk. Keep stirring. When all the milk is mixed in and heated, add your cheese a little at a time. Turn the heat down to low and add your seasonings. Drain your pasta and add to cheese mixture, mixing thoroughly. Lightly coat your baking dish with cooking spray. Pour your macaroni and cheese mixture into your baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
Serve and ENJOY!!!!!!!