You are going to love this homemade mac n’ cheese recipe. All you need are a few simple ingredients and just 20 minutes to make the best macaroni and cheese ever.
Mac n’ cheese is the ultimate comfort food. After trying this super-easy, super-creamy macaroni and cheese recipe, you will never go back to the boxed stuff again!
Begin by cooking your dry pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to the package directions, which usually takes 8 – 10 minutes. Next, make your cheese sauce! Cheese sauce, also known as Mornay sauce, is the key to creamy, crowd-pleasing mac n’ cheese. To make the sauce, begin by whisking together equal amounts of butter and flour over medium heat to make a roux, which helps thicken the sauce. Whisk until it forms a paste that is golden brown in color and has a slightly toasted aroma. Next, whisk in the milk to form a white sauce (called béchamel) until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the grated cheddar cheese until the sauce is smooth and velvety. Finally, stir in your cooked pasta until it is completely coated in the sauce. Bon Appetit! 🙂
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- 2 cups macaroni (elbow) pasta
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted, whisk in flour and cook the mixture for about 2 minutes, whisking continuously, until it turns golden brown.
Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture. Cook while whisking for about 5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in cheese until smooth. Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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