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Macaroni and Cheese

I post fairly often in bakebakebake, so some of you will be surprised to learn that I can actually cook, too! I don't get to cook as much as I would prefer, mostly because my boyfriend is a bit particular about what he eats and the way it's cooked... which is why I ended up eating this homemade mac and cheese by myself. Anyway, that's probably another story for another day.

Nothing quite says "comfort food" like macaroni and cheese. The blue box stuff is good, but homemade is always better. I only cook for two (three, if you count leftovers for lunch), so sometimes I have trouble finding recipes that are scaled or that can be scaled accordingly. I found one on The Cutting Edge of Ordinary and knew I had to try it.

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Approx. half box (16 oz size) medium size shells or pasta of your choice
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup of shredded cheese (my grocery store had a "mac and cheese" blend that I bought - Cheddar, Swiss and American)
Salt and white pepper to taste
Handful of grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and place in a single layer in a greased 9" x 13" casserole dish.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Mix in flour until mixture is thick and clumpy, then whisk in milk. Continue to whisk mixture and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Add cheese by small handfuls, stirring until melted completely before adding the next handful. Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour sauce over pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake until cheese is golden, about 20 minutes.

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Oct. 27th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
I am a HUGE fan of homemade baked mac 'n' cheese, and use my mother's recipe for it - very similar to the one posted here, but extra-tasty with tomatoes slices laid over top and tucked partway into the cheese and noodles before setting it into the oven. OMG, soooooo good!!!

I've never tried making it with shell-shaped pasta tho, so I think I am going to give that a go this week - yum!
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I love great mac 'n' cheese and this looks fabulous. Definitely saving this one!
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
This looks amazing and like something I'd have to fight my fiance for helpings of.

Question: does it matter what kind of milk? We go through so much here (and...yeah, that's mostly me and it's never used for cooking) that I buy skim. Does this work better with whole?
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm actually not sure. This was the first time I've ever made homemade mac & cheese and we only use whole milk in our house. I Googled and it's definitely DOABLE, but not sure how it would taste. Since it only needs such a small amount, can you maybe get like a single-serving size of whole milk? I know at my grocery store they sometimes have pints available or you can buy like a 16 oz. "to go" bottle (like the Nestle Quik size)
Oct. 27th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the answer. I'd suspected whole milk - whole was recommended when I cooked with milk the one time before. I just didn't know if it mattered in this case, as the recipe is quite different.

It isn't like it won't get used even if I don't get a single serving container. :3
Oct. 27th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
I used to make mac and cheese with skim milk all the time. While it's not as tasty (or thick of a sauce) as using whole milk it's fine.
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know why your boyfriend would turn up his nose at this mac and cheese. It sounds great though I'd probably use more strongly flavoured cheeses and definitely replace the American cheese with mozzarella cause I like the added stringiness. :) I'd combine some bread crumbs and butter with the parmesan to sprinkle on top for a nice crunchy topping as well.

You can also add chunks of ham cut off from a picnic ham to it for a heartier one dish meal with a nice salad on the side.
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I used milder cheeses thinking that it would mean the difference between him liking it or not, lol. Honestly, I think he's never really had homemade mac and cheese before, so since it wasn't Kraft, he was like "??"

I was thinking of adding some bacon and/or spinach next time.
Oct. 27th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
I know what a challenge it is trying to cook for someone with very particular tastes and wish you the best of luck. I cook for myself these days (my LJ is mostly pictures and recipes of things I've made) and it's a much less stressful experience. :)
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Oct. 28th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
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