Cheddar Cheese and Macaroni 

Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese
We all have those days when we need some good comfort food.  For me, comfort food usually means pasta; and who doesn’t love a big bowl of mac n cheese? 
This recipe is from the book : Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals 2.  I make some adjustments to it for myself but anyway you make it will definitely be delicious. 


Recipe:

Total: 30 min

Cook: 10 min

Yield: 4 entree servings, 8 side servings

Level: Easy

Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil, 1 turn of the pan in a slow stream

* 2 tablespoons butter

* 3 tablespoons flour

* 1 1/2 cups whole or 2 percent milk

* 3 cups shredded white Cheddar cheese

* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated

* 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, a couple pinches

* Salt

* 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked 8 minutes or to al dente, with a little bite to it

Directions

* Heat a medium, deep skillet over medium heat. 

* Add oil and butter. When butter melts into the oil, add flour and combine.

* Gently cook, whisking flour and butter together, until smooth and flour has had a chance to cook, about 3 minutes. 

* Slowly add milk while continuing to whisk. 

* Gently bring milk to a bubble while stirring frequently. 

* Allow the milk to thicken a bit, then stir in 2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese a handful at a time. 

* Season sauce with nutmeg and cayenne. 

* Taste and add a little salt, if you like.

* Add cooked pasta to sauce and coat completely by turning over and over in the cheese sauce. Transfer to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Place baking dish under a hot broiler and brown the Cheddar cheese on top.

**I usually also add a pinch of paprika to the seasoning and a garlic clove or two. 

***I also usually just top all the cheese on the pasta without cooking it in the oven. If I do cook it in the oven I top it with about 1/2 a cup of Parmesan cheese. 

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