Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins
Yowzers. Good stuff. Complete comfort food at it's finest. Who says you can't whip up a delicious homemade mac and cheese in no time. Recipe courtesy of McCall's Cooking School.
- 2 quarts water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 1⁄4 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 cups milk
- 1⁄4 cup pimiento, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup green pepper, chopped
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
- 1 cup chicken, cooked and slivered
- 1 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
- Preheat oven to 375. Put water in a large sauce pot, add salt, and bring to a rolling boil over high heat.
- Add macaroni all at once and stir with a fork. Return water to a boil and reduce heat to moderately low. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Do not overcook. Drain.
- Meanwhile, put the butter in a medium-sized saucepan and heat over medium heat.
- When butter is melted, remove from heat and stir in flour, salt, pepper, and mustard. When mixture is smooth, gradually add milk, stirring until no lumps of flour remain.
- Return saucepan to heat and cook over moderately high heat, stirring constantly, until milk mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly.
- Add chopped pimiento and chopped green pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 minute longer.
- Stir 1 1/2 cups of the grated cheddar cheese, the cooked drained macaroni, and the slivered chicken into the milk mixture.
- Pour into a shallow 2-quart round or oval baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of the grated cheddar cheese over the top of the macaroni mixture.
- The casserole can be prepared to this point and covered in foil or plastic wrap in the refrigerator for a couple days or until ready to bake.
- Or, place casserole on center rack in oven and bake for 20 minutes (longer if casserole has been chilled). Cook until macaroni is hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven. Arrange tomato wedges on top of casserole and serve.