Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's to Eat?? Homemade Mac 'n Cheese

Good 'ol Southern Comfort Food

Being raised in the South, you learn a lot about comfort food.  Comfort food is essentially greasy, fatty, buttery, creamy, yummy goodness all loved by your taste-buds, knowing it isn't the healthiest, but oh-so comforting. Who doesn't love mac 'n cheese?! Now, I'm not talking about the Kraft or Easy Mac versions where you pop it in the microwave with some water and powdered cheese and call it a meal; I'm talking about the real Mac n' Cheese, the one where you shred the cheese yourself, actually boil the pasta, and top it off with some breadcrumbs, aka, THE GOOD STUFF.  Today, you will learn how to make this cheesy, delicious recipe; you can even bring it with you to a Potluck or Thanksgiving feast! 

What you will need:: (to make 1 casserole dish worth)
  • 2 8-oz blocks of cheese:: I used one sharp cheddar and one extra sharp cheddar
  • Elbows or pasta of your choice
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cups milk(the heavier/fatter, the better)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour
  • Breadcrumbs to sprinkle (I used a blend between Panco and regular breadcrumbs)
  • Garlic Salt/Pepper to taste
Start by turning your oven on to 375 degrees.  
Shred both blocks of your cheese, cover, and then keep refrigerated until you need it. 

Add about half a box of your desired pasta and cook the pasta to a la dente.  Once boiled, keep to side.  Get another pot and add in your butter until melted.  Then add the flour and mix well.  You can add the garlic salt and pepper to taste now. 
Then add the cream cheese and milk and mix well.

You can now get your cheese from the fridge and add all of it in the pot.  Stir in well.

And now add your boiled pasta into the mixture.

Spray your casserole dish with Pam or a non-stick spray and then pour your creamy, cheesy, gooey Mac 'n Cheese into the dish.  

Sprinkle it off with breadcrumbs and gently put it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The trick is that you want your macaroni to be a nice golden color and bubbly.  Keep checking the pasta every 10 minutes for this.  Take it out and serve! You can easily warm up the leftovers another day for a stuffing snack or lunch later!

This recipe is BEYOND easy for anyone! Very little effort creates great results! Try it out for yourself!
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