Macaroni and Cheese is a classic American favorite. From the elbow macaroni to the cheese sauce, it's like a big ole hug from your Mom or Grandma. I'm going to show you my recipe on this classic dish that will leave you licking your spoon and wanting seconds! I never had homemade macaroni and cheese until I was an adult and then I was hooked! That's what happens when you have a mother who is German (as in came from Germany) and a Grandmother who hates dairy products (no joke my Grammy hated dairy products). Me on the other hand loved all things dairy even though I've very lactose intolerant. Obviously I've got a handle on my lactose intolerance now and cheese is my BFF!
You're going to see my break this down and what once seemed like it would take hours to make is truly a simple come home and fix it kind of dish.
Now for your shopping list...
*1lb box of elbow macaroni (I use Barilla)
*1 pkg of pre cooked bacon (I like the precooked kind makes for a mess free process in cooking- trust me on this).
*3 shallots chopped fine
*1 teaspoon dry mustard
*1 teaspoon thyme
*1 teaspoon black pepper
Now for the cheese and there's quite a bit of it!
*1-8 ounce pkg of shredded cheese such as cheddar or even mexi-blend (I've used both in the past and as long as the base cheese in cheddar it makes little difference). Now you can buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself but why? I like to save myself time in the kitchen and just buy the packaged shredded cheese.
*2 ounces of Fontina Cheese. Just dice this up no shredding needed
*1 cup of roughly grated Parmesan cheese
*3½ cups of milk (I use 2%)
*¼ cup of flour
*4 Tablespoons butter (I use salt free butter in all of my recipes)
|My brands of choice- Barilla pasta is my go to pasta brand! Coleman's Mustard and Spice Island Thyme. Cook pasta in a pot of simmering water for 7 to 8 minutes- the "Al Dente" time on the box, mushy pasta is yucky firm pasta is GOOD.|
|Melt 4 Tablespoons of butter and the ¼ cup of flour. Stir and stir and stir some more not letting it burn. Once kind of golden looking and bubbling like the picture (takes about 3 to 4 minutes) slowly add in your warm milk.|
|Here's what it looks like after you add the warm milk. Now stir! For as long as it takes!|
|Stir in that cheese until it melts!|
|Here I've added the sauteed shallots and the chopped up bacon.|