Comforting Cheesey Mac and Cheese!

March 6th, 2009

My sister is coming to visit this weekend.  She should have been here by now! But her plane had an emergency landing…  There was some technical problem after lift off and they had to land…  Everyone is ok, thankfully, but now she won’t be getting in until tomorrow morning.  I made some mac and cheese to cheer myself up.
I’ve never actually made homemade mac and cheese.  Call me crazy but I really like the Kraft stuff.  One of my law school friend’s tempted me with the Martha Stewart recipe the other day and I’ve had mac and cheese on my mind ever since. This recipe makes a ton so I quartered it. I also substituted the cheeses and pasta type for what I have on hand.

The verdict: Delicious!!!! So creamy and cheesy!  Is it bad to eat two helpings?  Cheese has calcium in it and that’s good for you, right?
Cheesey Mac and Cheese
(adapted from here)

1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk, warmed
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
sprinkle of cayenne pepper
1 cup grated sharp white cheddar
1 cup grated sharp yellow cheddar
1/2 pound elbows (or bowties in my case)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (Italian seasoning is nice but not necessary)
extra shredded cheddar (optional)

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Boil water in a medium sauce pan. When boiling, put in the pasta and cook until al dente.
3. In a large frying pan, melt the butter until bubbling. Then add the flour, stirring with a whisk for 1 minute.
4. Slowly pour the warm milk into the sauce pan whisking constantly until the mixture thickens. I warmed the milk by microwaving it for 30 seconds. You may also have a separate saucepan and slowly heat it.
5. Place the shredded cheese and spices in a bowl. Pour the flour-milk mixture over it and stir until melted.
6. Drain the pasta and mix with the cheese mixture.
7. Pour into four ramekins. Sprinkle with a little extra shredded cheese and the breadcrumbs if you want to.
8. Bake until browned on top and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Allow to cook for 5 min before serving.

6 Responses to “Comforting Cheesey Mac and Cheese!”

  1. Manggy on March 7, 2009 1:44 am

    Yes it *is* good for you, let no one tell you different :) Soul food is what it is! I’m glad your sis is okay!

  2. Emily on March 8, 2009 6:38 pm

    Boy, does that look good! Mac and cheese is about my favorite thing to eat in the world.

  3. we are never full on March 9, 2009 5:23 pm

    yum…. at first i thought it looked like creme brulee b/c of that fabulous browned top!

  4. gattina on March 10, 2009 6:21 am

    thanks goodness your sis is safe and sound. Hope you gals have a great time! I haven’t made m-n-c, I surely will go for your recipe in my first try!

  5. LyB on March 10, 2009 12:14 pm

    Homemade Mac n’ Cheese is one of the best things ever! That gorgeous, crunchy top is making crave some right now. Have fun with your sis!

  6. Sylvia on March 11, 2009 2:42 am

    I like kraft´s mac and cheese too :) I never made mac and cheese at home.Your looks creamy and delicious´, I bookmarked the recipe.
    Enjoy your sister

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