Hearty Mac & Cheese

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Let’s be honest… I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t like some good ‘ole mac & cheese!  If you don’t, then you’re not American. Lol.  Growing up, we were never allowed to get Kraft mac & cheese, so when I went off on my own, I had an obsession for the box variety, but now that I’m getting older and maturing… Okay.. not really maturing, just getting older,  I have found an appreciation for homemade mac & cheese once again.  I’ve tried a few different recipes and so far this has been hands down my fav!  I actually made this last night with pulled pork for a group of friends and they all loved it!  I found this lovely creation at That Which Nourishes website.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of noodles (used macaroni)
  • 6 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 stick + 2 TBSP butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1TBSP pepper
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of panko bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Cook your macaroni or pasta as directed on package.A
  2. While that’s cooking, in a large sauce pan melt 1 stick of butter, then slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of flour, stirring frequently. It will create a thick sauce.
  3. Add in 1 TBSP of salt and pepper.
  4. Next slowly add in milk, whisking constantly.  Bring sauce to a low boil, continuing to whisk til it’s a nice thick consistency.  Almost similar to gravy.
  5. Grease a 9×13 glass dish.  Pour cooked macaroni in the dish and sprinkle your 6 cups of cheddar on top.
  6. Preheat oven to 325.
  7. Pour your gravy like milk sauce over the pasta and cheese.  Let it sit for a minute so that the cheese melts.
  8. While that’s happening… in another pan (or rinsed milk pan) melt the other 2 TBSP of butter and add panko bread crumbs, stir constantly for 2-5 minutes til golden brown.
  9. Then mix your macaroni, milk sauce and cheese all together.  Cheese should be nice and melted by now.
  10. Then sprinkle your perfectly golden bread crumbs on top.
  11. Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes and you’ve got some hearty mac & cheese for all to enjoy! Eat up!
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