Thursday, March 4, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese

The ultimate in comfort food!
This great recipe comes from Favorites, which is clearly a favorite cook book of mine! I have a lot of recipes featured here from it. This recipe for classic Mac and Cheese is very flavorful and filling. It serves great alone, or as a side with steak or grilled chicken or something. And don't be shy with the cheddar!

{What you need}
1 pound large elbow macaroni
1/3 cup butter
5 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
3 cups + grated Cheddar cheese (medium or sharp)

Cook macaroni in boiling, salted water according to package directions and drain. Set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and stir. Pour in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thick. Add salt, pepper, and dry mustard, then add 2 1/2 cups of the cheese and stir just until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add cooked macaroni and mix together.
Pour into 9" x 13" baking pan, sprinkle remaining 1/2 + cheese on top and
bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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