All-American Macaroni & Cheese

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by MarthaStewartWanabe

This is my version of an all-American classic. It is one of my ultimate favorite comfort foods--sinfully rich, gooey-cheesy and tummy-warming on a chilly day. In my opinion, using varying degrees of cheddar cheese creates the perfect flavor combination. I have experimented with other cheese combinations but usually return to the classic cheddars. After making this homemade mac-n-cheese for my husband, he was successfully converted from being a lover of boxed powdered mixes. Be advised that all diets go out the window for this one!

Top Review by Crafty Lady 13

Comfort food at its best. This is a great dish to have on a cold winter night. I used medium shells and doubled the amount to 2 cups (uncooked). I still had plenty of yummy, gooey cheese sauce. I used the sharp and mild cheddar cheeses, but substituted the extra-sharp cheddar cheese with Velveeta. Made for December, 2008 Aussie/NZ Swap.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. While making cheese mixture, cook macaroni per package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  4. Cook onion and garlic in butter until translucent.
  5. Add flour to saucepan and stir to combine, leaving no dry flour bits.
  6. Add milk all at once to saucepan along with black pepper. Stir to combine. Stir constantly until mixture begins to thicken.
  7. Stir in cheeses one at a time until melted, and mixture is smooth.
  8. Place cooked macaroni in a 1-quart casserole dish. Stir in cheese mixture until combined.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
  10. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.

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