Kelly's Amazing Mac & Cheese
1 pound elbow macaroni
1 quart milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
6 cups cheddar cheese [feel free to get creative and mix kinds of cheese!]
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package directions.
Meanwhile, heat the milk but don't boil it.
Melt 8 tablespoons of butter in the large pot you cooked your pasta in. Add the flour when the butter has melted. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. OFF the heat, add the cheeses, one tablespoon of salt and pepper.
Add the cooked macaroni and stir well.
Pour into a baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or serve hot from pot.
So here's the deal. I don't get how this is so different from the usual homemade mac & cheese I have made before. But IT IS! My whole family loves it.
The cheese sauce that it makes is quite a bit so it's totally okay to 1/2 that when you're making it. I do that especially if I can't find a good sale on cheese. Its just as good, just a little less cheesy/creamy.
I hope you try this one. You won't regret it!