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Monday, June 8, 2015

Mom's Macaroni and Cheese

There are fewer dishes more 'comforting' than my mom's Macaroni and Cheese.

Sorry (not really), Blue Box Mac-n-Cheese. It is the from scratch variety, and particularly from my mom's recipe collection, that I prefer. Hands down.

The secret ingredients to this version: onion and white pepper. Delicious! I once took this dish to a potluck in Tennessee, where Macaroni and Cheese is sacred. It was thankfully very well received and a raving success.  

So if you are in the mood for macaroni and cheese, try making it from scratch!

  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less to suit personal taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (more or less to suit personal taste)
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) extra sharp cheese, shredded

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare 1.5 quart baking dish with cooking spray to prevent sticking.  
  3. Cook macaroni in boiling, salted water until al dente (firm bite); drain. (NOTE: since the cheese sauce will be added and then baked with the pasta, more moisture will absorb into the macaroni. What some may view as undercooking just a tad will yield a better end product.)
  4. Melt butter in large saucepan.
  5. Add onion to melted butter and cook until translucent, approximately 3 - 5 minutes. 
  6. Blend in flour until well combined.
  7. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly to remove any flour lumps.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick (just to boiling point).
  9. Remove from heat and add salt, pepper and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
  10. Combine sauce with macaroni and turn into baking dish. 
  11. Bake approximately 45 minutes, until bubbly and browned. 
  12. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes prior to serving. This will allow the cheese sauce time to 'set.' 


Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

Oh Cali - this is a thing of beauty! I am now craving ooooweee goooweee cheesy mac and cheese - so tasty! Perfect with a slice of tomato. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Pam said...

My son's very favorite dish! It looks creamy and delicious.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Your Mum´s Macaroni & Cheese looks wonderfully creamy - just like the perfect comfort food to enjoy with family and friends - I am not surprised that you got such raving reviews for this beautiful dish!

Sarah @ Savoring Spoon said...

I lovveeed mac and cheese when I was growing up! I usually had the instant kind - will keep this from-scratch version on hand for next time I'm craving mac'n cheese! I'm sure it tastes amazing.

Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder said...

I enjoyed the cheap boxed kind as a kid and the gourmet version in fancy restaurants. Still, I have never made macaroni from scratch or a box - it's been on my culinary bucket list for a while. Thanks Cali :)