August 17, 2013

Off topic --> Awesome Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Here's a delicious macaroni and cheese macaroni and cheese recipe I made for my family tonight. Those who have followed my tweets know that I almost never follow any recipe exactly. I had a base recipe and made multiple adjustments. It was a hit all around. This made a 9x13 inch casserole - cut all the ingredients in half to make a 9x9 dish:

1 (16 ounce) package macaroni
1 stick butter (8 Tb)
2/3 cup flour
2 cup milk
2 cup half-n-half
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 heaping teaspoon dried minced onion
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • Prepare macaroni to al dente following package instructions and set aside
  • In a large saucepan gently melt stick of butter and add flour a little at time mixing with a whisk until smooth
  • Slowly add milk and half-n-half a little at time, whisking the entire time to keep mixture smooth
  • Add salt, garlic salt, minced onion, and freshly ground pepper
  • Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly, mixture will begin to thicken
  • Slowly add cheese, stirring thoroughly with each addition until thoroughly incorporated
  • Mix with cooked macaroni and pour into a 9x13 baking dish buttered or sprayed with cooking spray
  • Mix bread crumbs with parmesan cheese and evenly distribute on top
  • Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned


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