First things first, this recipe needs to start with a little love. This mac and cheese is the essence of our childhood, and most likely the reason we weren't the skinniest of kids! :) Both of our grandma's were amazing cooks but Grandma Esther made the mac and cheese that we dream about. My uncle's favorite dish is mac and cheese. My cousin's favorite dish is mac and cheese. Our go to comfort meal is mac and cheese. Today we are going to give you the base recipe for the masterful dish. It isn't fancy at all but delicious to the max. The BEST thing about this recipe is how easily adaptable it is. Add tomatoes. Add a protein. Add herbs. Add all of the above. Check our our adaptations of Cheesy Irish Beer Bake or Cornbread topped Apple Macaroni and Cheese. It is a no fail, awesome recipe that you and your family will love for generations.
LaCaille Family Macaroni and Cheese2 cups elbow macaroni
4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (sub half and half, 1% or 2% milk)
2 cups shredded cheese, any flavor
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to package directions to al dente. Drain.
In the meantime, in a sauce pan over medium heat, add the butter. Once the butter melts completely, add the flour and stir to combine. Keep stirring and cook the "roux" until very lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk, whisking constantly as to not create lumps. Slowly add the cheese, stirring to incorporate as you add each handful. Once all the cheese is incorporated add the cooked noodles and season with salt and pepper. Pour into a casserole dish and bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes or until bubby and lightly brown on top.
This can feed a family of 4 to 5 or one very hungry cousin and uncle. :)