So last night I was in the mood for some cheesy pasta. Super cheesy, super terrible for your arteries pasta. And this is what I did. We didn't have any easy box mac and cheese, so I looked up a recipe and modified it to work with what I had. I also cooked for three other people, so this feeds four. Or one, if you really try hard and believe in yourself.
It tastes good the day after microwaved too.
1 lb pasta (shells are amazing because they hold cheese inside them)
8 tbsp butter / margarine (1 stick)
8 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream (heavy whipping cream works, or even more milk if you don't have cream)
Shredded cheese (cheddar if you want true mac and cheese)
Salt, pepper, spices to taste, if you're into that
1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add the pasta, bring it back to a boil for ~8 minutes. Drain the water, let it sit while you prepare the sauce.
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter on the stovetop.
3. After the butter is fully melted, add the flour and whisk. Continue to whisk as you add in more flour.
4. Measure out your milk, pour slowly and continue to whisk.
5. Whisk in the heavy cream (full fat milk works if you don't have any kind of heavy cream).
6. Sauce should become thick. As it thickens, add your shredded cheese. The sauce will become even thicker and harder to mix, but continue to mix until all the cheese has melted.
7. Turn off the heat and pour in the pasta. Mix the pasta and the sauce together until pasta is evenly coated.
8. You can stop here if you'd like. Otherwise, get a baking dish and slightly butter it. Just enough so that it doesn't stick too much. Pour in the pasta. Add bread crumbs on top.
9. Bake until top is golden brown.
10. Let cool, serve.
You can save any leftovers in sealed containers or ziploc bags. Save in the fridge, unless you're saving it for a very long time (then use the freezer).
Ask if you have any questions! c':
@Lavendrae Do you have any pictures?
It's a shame I can't eat cheese anymore, mac & cheese were my fav meal when I was younger.
nope not anymore
Last edited by simmie; 10-29-2013 at 07:53 PM.