Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mac 'n' Cheese

We went to the church potluck today and I took homemade Mac 'n' Cheese. It's an old favorite, so I'm inclined to share it with you. Modified from an old Martha Stewart stand-by.

Macaroni and Cheese

6 tablespoons butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
2 teaspoons kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 cups grated cheese (you can use a variety of cheeses or all sharp cheddar)
1 pound elbow macaroni
½ cup plain bread crumbs

Serves 12.
You can easily divide this recipe in half; use an 8x8 pan if you do.

Heat the oven to 375°. Cook macaroni al dente.

Melt butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Slowly pour milk into flour-butter mixture while whisking. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 5 cups cheese.

Stir cooked macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce.

Pour the mixture into a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese and scatter bread crumbs over the top. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes; serve.


LizzyP said...

Woot! A Noelle blog post! Get this. The other day we found out that a member of our stake presidency lived in the Greenwood Ward when he was in grad school for four years in the Lichton Springs neighborhood. He was there when the Postons were baptized. His wife Maryann helped Marvin Perry make quilts. Totally crazy coincidence. We loved our years there. Miss you guys.

Lucy van Pelt said...

We miss you too! It's not the same now that the Greenwood Ward is gone. I just love reading about your family on your blog. It's such a treat to see the kid's antics and read about your thoughts along your journey.