Friday, May 14, 2010

Comfort Food: Old Fashioned Mac And Cheese

Sometimes there really is nothing like a simple comfort food dish.  This is one of those such dishes....a good old classic Macaroni And Cheese recipe that is very easy but it does take a little time.  A little patience and it goes a long way to a dinner that is truly comforting and tasty.

Macaroni and cheese

Macaroni And Cheese

2 tbsp margarine or butter
1 tbsp of flour
3/4 tsp of salt
2 cups of milk
1/2 bar sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 bar mild cheddar cheese
2 cups of macaroni

Boil water and cook macaroni elbows as instructed.  Melt the butter slowly then mix the flour in very gradually.  Slowly drizzle your salt in but remember to keep your heat a bit low at first.  You do not want too much glop.  Very very easily add your milk in.  You want to get any glop out and turn it to a thick liquid so heat on medium-low.  Do not go any higher because the milk will boil.  Keep stirring and add more milk bit by bit until all the milk is gone.  Then slowly cut up your cheese so it can melt in the mixture.  Mixture must be pretty thick so you can add the cheese.  Let the cheese melt and keep your heat at medium-low.  Eventually when you cheese is done.

Now grease your small casserole dish with butter or margarine.  It is important not to miss too many spots.  Pour the macaroni in when done and then your cheese sauce mix.  Stir it around and plenty.  You will want to cook this at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.  Serves 4-5 people.

Some optional notes:  You can use ziti in this as well...also I spice mine up occasionally by adding a little lemon zest and ginger.  Test it out...experiment and see what you can come up with.

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