Stove Top Cheddar Mac

"This is a great tasting macaroni and cheese that is quick to make, too! Recipe is from Rachael Ray."
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  • In a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente; drain in a colander.
  • In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in the warmed half-and-half and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is steaming hot and thick, about 4 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar until melted.
  • Stir in the cooked macaroni and season to taste with salt.

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  1. corelila
    I had some trouble getting it thick and creamy, but oh my goodness, it was incredible. My boyfriend didnt feel the same way about it, but we have totally separate tastes in mac and cheese. If you're a super smooth, creamy kind of mac and cheese lover, put velveeta in this. If you like it runny and with a sharp edge to it, then just make it the way the recipe says.
  2. iewe7726
    This was good! I didn't have enough sharp cheddar on hand, so I threw in some velveeta and moz to make up the difference. I liked the fact that it only used one pot too! When I get really adventurous, I think I might even throw it into a casserole dish and bake/brown the top just a bit too!
  3. MsSally
    This got the automatic 5 star. DD loved this and asked for more. She usually will only eat the dreaded box stuff. She won't touch my homemade baked mac and cheese. But she loved this so thank you for the great recipe to replace the boxed stuff. I used fat-free 1/2 and 1/2 and used half 2% cheddar and 1/2 2% velveta. YUMMO!
  4. *Parsley*
    Quick and simple mac & cheese. It's a nice basic recipe that is great for kids and/or picky eaters. I used fat free half and half and it worked very well. I think that using sharp cheddar is a must in this recipe. Many adults may like a little more spice in this, and that can easily be added. Thanx for posting. I'll use this on my kids often.
  5. mosma
    I thought this was a little bland. I added some cayenne pepper and garlic. I'm giving it 4 stars though, because it's a very good base for mac and cheese. I think with the right spicing, this is a great recipe!


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