Mac n' cheese from a box is pretty tasty and very easy. But let's face it, it's not real food. Could it be possible to make your own mac n' cheese from scratch in the same time it takes to make it from the box? The answer is a big, cheesy YES! You will spend the entire cooking time at the stove but when you're through, you'll have real mac n' cheese. Well worth it!
1 lb pasta (macaroni, shells, bow ties, etc.)
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
2 cups extra sharp cheddar, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
1. Prepare by setting out all ingredients and shredding cheddar first (it's good to have the cheese closer to room temp, than fridge temp). Get water boiling in a large pot for pasta.
2. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until completely incorporated. Cook flour in butter for a couple minutes (it should bubble slightly), whisking constantly. Slowly add milk in a steady stream, whisking constantly to create a smooth mixture. Let the roux cook - whisking frequently - for five or so minutes until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat.
3. Add shredded cheese to the roux by the finger-full and whisk until melted. Continue until all the cheese is melted into the roux, making your cheese sauce. If needs be, return sauce to low heat to completely melt the cheese. Note: don't let the sauce get too hot... that will make the cheese turn into a chewy glob.
4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions, drain and return to large pot. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Makes great leftovers!