Monday, January 11, 2016

Mac and Cheese

Our dinner theme for Life Group this week was "comfort food." When I thought of comfort food, two things immediately came to mind: Mac and cheese and chocolate chip cookies.

I commenced a Pinterest search and immediately fell for this recipe. Click here for the original!

It was a major hit! A couple people said this was the best Mac and cheese they had ever eaten!

Copied from: That Which Nourishes 
35 minutes total time

"THE Mac and Cheese" 
Grocery List
  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • ½ c. butter*
  • ½ c. flour*
  • 4 c. milk*
  • 6 c. freshly shredded sharp or white Cheddar (I used 2 C Havarti and 4 C sharp cheddar) 
  • 1 T. salt
  • up to 1 T. pepper
  • 2 T. butter
  • ½ c. panko bread crumbs

* next time, I will make more of the sauce recipe! Maybe 3/4 c each and flour and butter with 6 cups of milk! 
Here's how...
  1. Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk and cook 2-3 minutes. Add in salt and pepper. Slowly pour in 4 c. milk whisking until smooth and heating to a low boil until thickened. Do not stop until thick. Remove from heat.
  2. Grease a 9x13" baking dish and add the hot pasta to the dish. Over the top sprinkle 6 c. of freshly shredded cheese. Pour the thickened cream sauce over the hot pasta and cheese and let it sit until the cheese melts. Stir everything together.
  3. Melt 2 T. butter over medium heat. Add in panko bread crumbs, stirring constantly 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Pour over the mac and cheese.
  4. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven 12-15 minutes.

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