Homemade Mac & Cheese

For as long as I can remember, my Mom's homemade Mac & Cheese was my comfort food. Whenever she asked me what I wanted for dinner, this would be my choice! The following recipe is a slight twist on my Moms, but it truly reminds me of my childhood. I hope that it will do the same for my children.
~Amanda


Homemade Mac & Cheese

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 375 gram box of maccaroni noodles (we like the Smart Pasta made by Catelli)

DIRECTIONS:
Step 1:
Bring a large pot filled with water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until desired consistency has been reached (approximately 10 minutes).

Step 2:
While pasta is boiling, melt butter in a medium sized pot over medium low heat. Once melted, add flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
Step 3:
Whisk 2 egg yolks and salt into milk. Slowly add milk mixture to butter mixture, stirring regularly. Cook over medium heat until sauce is thick (it should coat the back of a wooden spoon when it is ready).

Step 4:
Remove sauce from heat source and add cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.

Step 5:
Drain pasta, return pasta to pot and stir in cheese sauce.
Step 6:
To make this dish even yummier, pour pasta mixture into an oven proof dish, sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Watch the top and cover with foil if the cheese starts to brown.

Family Thoughts:

The whole family gobbled up this traditional and simple recipe for Mac & Cheese! This is comfort food at its best!

Take #1:
I was rushing to make this dish and didn't read the recipe properly. I ended up using 2 whole eggs (whites and yolks) instead of just the yolks. The sauce ended up being a curdled mess, but I didn't realize this until I had mixed it all together.

This was take #1 of our Mac & Cheese meal:


Have you ever had any food disasters that you would like to share with us?! We'd love to hear about them.

6 comments :

  1. Great comfort food. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in an attempt at meatballs. Have a lovely week.

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  2. Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about pasta and noodles! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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  3. Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Pasta and Noodles. If you pop back in a day or so there should be a fantastic collection of all things pasta and noodles.
    I am now signed up to follow you via Google Reader. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

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  4. love mac and cheese. Make it all the time

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    Florence

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  5. Love Mac & Cheese! We all have those "oops recipe episodes"! I have never made it with egg yolks before, will have to try it out.

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