Mike's Mac

"Double sharp cheddar, Ritz bake home-style mac and cheese with a little kick to it. Thick and creamy, and packed with flavor."
photo by Michael A. photo by Michael A.
photo by Michael A.
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  • Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Bring water to a boil in a medium-large sauce pan. Stir in pasta and a few pinches of salt.
  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter in a small dish.
  • Add Ritz crackers, stir and set aside.
  • Mix Sour cream, cayenne, paprika, and garlic. Set aside. *This can be done to taste. Less cayenne = less kick*
  • Strain pasta.
  • While straining, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the same saucepan the pasta was just inches.
  • On low-medium heat, stir in flour.
  • Add about half a cup of milk, stir with one hand, slow pour with the other. We are making a roux.
  • Once the milk is in , it will be a bit runny, but keep slowly stirring on low-medium heat until it starts to bubble and thicken.
  • Add a handfull or two of your shredded cheese blend *HIGHLY recommend Tillamook you can pick this up at Costco* This cheese MAKES the recipe, so do not skimp out!
  • Once you have your cheese sauce ready to go, pour the strained noodles back into the same saucepan and stir in the sauce you just poured them over.
  • Add two packets of Kraft Mac & Cheese powder (You will need to by boxed mac & cheese and steal the powder packets!).
  • Add a couple of splashes of milk to help you stir in the powder.
  • Add a handfull of your extra sharp cheddar cheese blend, and the sour cream mixture we made earlier. Stir until melted.
  • Taste a noodle, at this point there should be plenty of the extra sharp white cheddar taste, if not, add a bit more!
  • If you pass the taste test, go ahead and pour your mac & cheese into large, short walled baking dish.
  • You guessed it, more cheese. Sprinkle cheese blend over the top. Just enough to barely cover the noodles.
  • Sprinkle Ritz/Melted butter mixture over the top, give it a shake and a pat down.
  • Pop it in the oven for 10 minutes or until Ritz crumbs are golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

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