A few months ago I shared a recipe for Easy Homemade Mac ’n Cheese this is the recipe that I go to when I’m cooking dinner in a hurry. Today I’m sharing my favorite traditional Macaroni and Cheese recipe, Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese.
When my husband and I were first married I was asked to bring a dish of Macaroni and Cheese to Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws. Now like most newly weds I wanted to impress my new mother-in-law with my cooking skills so I spent days pouring over cookbooks and websites looking for the perfect recipe.
After thinking about it for a couple days my mom reminded me that sometimes the simplest things are the best things. She suggested I give up my ideas of fancy cheeses and sauces and that I just make a simple recipe that everyone was sure to love. She was right and this recipe was a hit with everyone.
Don’t let the word traditional scare you away, this is still a really easy recipe.
The key to making the Macaroni and Cheese really creamy is the roux. A roux is actually just flour, butter and milk that is constantly whisked over heat until it’s smooth.
Begin by melting two table spoons of butter in a medium saucepan. Then add flour, dry mustard, salt and pepper to butter wishing it together for about a minute before adding the milk in slowly. Continue whisking for about ten minutes, or until the mixture smooth.
Once smooth remove pot from heat and add in a cheese stirring constantly until melted. Just like that you’ve made a rich creamy cheese sauce.
Add the sauce to prepared elbow pasta in a 3 quart baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and place in oven for 25 minutes.
That’s all there is to it. Nothing too complicated. It’s easy and delicious.
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Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese
- 16 oz. of elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 1/2 cups of milk
- 2 cups Sharp Cheddar shredded
- Prepare elbow pasta according to package directions
- Over medium heat melt butter in a saucepan
- Add flour, mustard, and garlic powder to melted butter and whisk for two minutes
- Slowly add in milk to to pot
- Whisk until smooth (about 10 minutes)
- Remove from heat and add cup and a half of cheese, stirring until melted
- In a three quart baking dish combine pasta and cheese sauce (stir if needed)
- Top with remainder of cheese
- Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees
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