Prep 20 mins
Cook 9 mins
I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine. I have not tried this recipe, but I'm posting it for safe keeping.
- 1⁄2 cup rotini pasta (16oz)
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1⁄2 cups 2% low-fat milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 10 ounces 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth.; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and next 3 ingredients; cook, whisking constantly, 8-10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.
- Gradually stir in Cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in hot cooked pasta. Serve immediately.
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This is my new go-to mac n' cheese! No more store-bought fake cheese packets for me anymore! I loved how easy this was to throw together. It was also quick to make. I didn't have the elbow pasta, so I used what I had on hand. Also, I ended up using about half a box of pasta, not the 1/2 cup listed. The sauce made a big pot! Thanks for posting!