Well, hello there foodies! Let’s dive straight in, shall we? Cooking up a storm doesn’t always mean slaving away in the kitchen for hours. Oh no, my friends! Savory, delectable dishes can be whipped up in a jiffy, no sweat. Today, we’re gonna crack the code on one of my absolute favorites, the ever-reliable, bowl of comfort itself – Mac and Cheese!

Now, I can hear y’all thinkin’ – Mac and Cheese? Really? Isn’t that just…so simple? To which I say, Absolutely! And that’s the beauty of it! It’s pure nostalgia in a bowl and you’d be amazed at how easy it is to whip up a tasty batch from scratch, sans the box!

Alrighty then, let’s get down to brass tacks. First up, we’re not talking about that neon orange, powdery mix stuff here. I mean, sure it’s got a place (cough, camping, cough), but trust me, homemade is where it’s at!

What makes Mac and cheese so comforting? I’d venture to say it’s the cheese sauce, so rich and velvety, grabbing onto every elbow macaroni like a cozy winter sweater. Now, here’s the kicker! Making the perfect cheese sauce isn’t rocket science, no siree, it’s a piece of cake – just flour, butter, milk, and a mountain of your favorite cheddar. It’s all about the stirring, ensuring our sauce is as smooth as a jazz melody.

And don’t forget the pièce de résistance! A topping of delightful, crunchy breadcrumbs, baked to a golden brown, can really seal the deal. Ah folks, it’s simple, it’s quick and it’s heavenly. This ain’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill Mac and Cheese, it’s a gourmet experience you can create with your own two hands. Trust yours truly, every mouthful is a little chunk of cheesy magic.

Let’s Make It!

  • Preheat your oven to 375° F (190°C) – because we’re about to heat things up!
  • Start off by boiling a large pot of salted water. Toss in about 8 ounces of elbow macaroni, or any pasta you fancy, and cook until it’s slightly underdone.
  • While your pasta is cooking, let’s get down to the cheese sauce. In a separate pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
  • To your melted butter, whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour, and keep whisking for about one minute, until it’s nice and bubbly.
  • Gradually add 2 cups of milk to the butter-flour mix, keep stirring to avoid any lumpy business.
  • Keep the sauce simmering till it starts to thicken, normally takes about 2 minutes only.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and toss in 2 cups of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Mix until the cheese is completely melted, giving you a velvety, dreamy cheese sauce.
  • Now that your pasta’s all cooked, drain it and shift it back into the pot. Pour over the delicious cheese sauce, and stir to ensure each piece of pasta is coated with cheesy goodness.
  • Transfer the mac and cheese into a baking dish.
  • Top evenly with 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs, make sure to get those edges covered well!
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, until the top is a gorgeous golden-brown.
  • Let it cool for a couple of minutes before diving in! (I know, patience can be hard.)
  • Now get ready for that foodgasm, as you dig into the cheesiest, most delightful Mac and Cheese you’ve ever cooked!

That Was Quick!

By Published On: October 11th, 2023Categories: Pasta

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