The Best Mac & Cheese Recipe EVER!
Originally posted on my Tumblr in 2013
Ahhh.. Mac & Cheese. I can feel my cholesterol rising as I type this.
This is seriously one of the best mac & cheese recipes you will EVER find. It’s easy, fast, and DELICIOUS.
I feel like I say this about every single recipe I share with you guys, but dammit I am not lying!
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Next time I make this Mac & Cheese I plan on adding tomato and bacon. **faints**
-1¾ cups of macaroni
-3 cups of grated cheddar cheese (or a mixture of other cheeses you love and know will melt well)
-¼ cup of flour
-½ teaspoon of dry or regular mustard
-3 tablespoons of butter
-1/8 teaspoon of smoked paprika
-Salt to taste (start wit ½ teaspoon and add more if you need to)
-¼ teaspoon of black pepper
-2½ cups of 2% milk
Add water and a little salt to a pot and boil the macaroni for 7 minutes. It’s important to NOT overcook them.
In the mean time pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and start working on your sauce.
Melt the butter, add mustard, salt, pepper, 1/8 teaspoon of smoked paprika, and flour.
Stir for a couple of minutes, and add the milk.
Once you’ve added the 2 ½ cups of milk you must whisk until the sauce thickens. (5-8 minutes)
Back to the macaroni: Drain in a colander and add a teaspoon of butter so that it doesn’t stick to the pot. Set aside for a minute or two.
Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the stove, add 2 cups of the cheese and stir.
Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and stir (gently of course).
Pour half of the macaroni & cheese in a baking dish. Sprinkle ½ cup of cheese. Add the rest of the mac & cheese mixture, sprinkle another ½ cup of cheese on top, and some more paprika.
Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375 degrees.
Serve with garlic bread or your favorite side dish!