Recipe by Panhandle Sam
I use this as a starting point for macaroni, and then add and subtract from here. It's perfect the way it is, though. Here I listed cheddar for the cheese, but hubby likes a colby and monterey jack combo better, so that's what I usually use.
Top Review by ColleenKelley
Two stars as written, four with my adjustments. 1) ADD SALT. 2) Jack up the pepper a bit. I doubled, then doubled again. 3) Instead of paprika, use a teaspoon of mustard powder or a tablespoon of dijon mustard. With those changes, this was a great base mac and cheese recipe, one I'll definitely play with to make variations like buffalo chicken mac and cheese or bacon ranch.
- 2 cups dry macaroni noodles
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Boil macaroni noodles until tender; drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a medium sauce pan, melt butter on medium heat.
- Add flour one tablespoon at a time, and whisking between each addition.
- Whisk in seasonings, and cook for a couple of minutes, whisking constantly, so as not to burn.
- Add milk, half a cup at a time, whisking together between each addition. Allow to thicken (and keep on slowly whisking).
- Add all but a handful of cheese (for topping) and stir until completely incorporated.
- Add cheese sauce to macaroni noodles, then put everything into a baking dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then broil for an additional couple of minutes to crisp up the top (watch it so the top doesn't burn).