Pasta & Cheese Sauce (Mac & Cheese)

 

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Macaroni & cheese is probably my all time favorite comfort food, so much so that if I died drowning in a swimming pool of pasta and cheese sauce I would die happy. I make this probably too much, but I don’t care. I will not deny myself the love for this creamy and rich mac & cheese. It’s also the easiest thing to make.

 

  • 1 lb macaroni (or your favorite pasta. I used rotini)
  • 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup cheese of choice grated (gruyere, gouda, asiago, parmesan)
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • splash of sherry
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch of onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • pinch of paprika

Makes about 3 quarts

Directions:

Cook pasta for about 10 to 13 mins or until pasta is al dente. Drain and Set aside.

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To make the roux, melt the butter in a 3 qt pot over medium high heat. Add flour and stir until lightly browned, about a minute.

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Quickly add milk and stir until smooth. Add cheese until smooth and melted.

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Add mustard, cayenne, salt, pepper and sherry. Feel free to adjust the levels to your liking.

 

 

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Add pasta back to the pot and stir. You can serve this now as is or pour into a greased baking pan with a bread crumb topping. I’m serving mine with some diced jalapeño today. Get creative with it, pasta & cheese is very versatile.

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