The Best Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
This is the only one you need!
- 1 lb penne or rotini
- 4 c milk, heated almost to boiling on the stove or in the microwave
- 1/2 stick butter
- 6 T flour
- 8-12 oz shredded Swiss and Gruyere cheeses (can subsitute cheddar if desired)
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the over to 350°.
Cook pasta per package directions and drain. While it’s boiling, melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and then add the flour.
Stir butter and flour mixture continuously over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes–do not let it brown. Slowly add the hot milk, stirring to combine and remove any lumps. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Return pasta to pot and pour white sauce over it. Mix in about 8 oz. of shredded cheese and stir to combine.
Pour into a lightly greased 9×13″ dish and add the other 4 oz. of shredded cheese on top, if desired. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes and then broil until top is slightly golden and bubbling.
This dish tastes very grown up (and delicious) with Gruyere, but you can also substitute shredded cheddar to save money, or please the little people, and it will still be delicious. Trader Joe’s and ALDI both sell bags of shredded Gruyere/Swiss mix that I use in this recipe.
Serve with a big green salad for a delicious vegetarian dinner, or make it a side dish on your Thanksgiving table.
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