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Macaroni And Cheese

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Macaroni And Cheese
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Makes: 9 servings adjust

Directions

Ingredients

  • 34 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 34 teaspoon Black Pepper

Step 1

Melt butter In a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, salt and pepper. Sauce until onion is tender and translucent.

Ingredients

  • 5 14 cups Milk, 1% is fine

Step 2

Pour milk into a large, microwave-safe container. Microwave milk on high for a couple of minutes to warm it. This step makes your sauce thicken so much faster than using cold milk.

Ingredients

  • 34 cup All-Purpose Flour

Step 3

Whisk the flour into the butter and onion mixture. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for a minute or two until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat.
 

Step 4

Gradually whisk the warmed milk into the butter and flour mixture.
 

Step 5

Return saucepan to burner and heat until bubbly, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat. NOTE: Keep an eye on your heat level. You do not want to scorch your white sauce.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Sharp Cheddar, shredded; shredding your own melts better
  • 1 cup Light Velveeta, diced

Step 6

Add the cheeses and stir until melted.

Ingredients

  • 14 teaspoon Ground Dry Mustard, or up to 1/2 teaspoon, to taste
  • 14 teaspoon Hot Sauce, frank's red hot preferred

Step 7

Stir in the dry mustard and hot sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
 

Step 8

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Elbow Macaroni Pasta, cavatappi also works well

Step 9

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a couple of tablespoons of salt to the water (Don't be shy about the salt. It is important to season the pasta or your dish will be bland). Stir in the pasta and cook to al dente as directed on the package.
 

Step 10

Before draining pasta, remove a half cup or so of the pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and return it to the pot.
 

Step 11

Pour the cheese sauce and about 1/4 cup of the pasta water over the macaroni and stir to thoroughly combine.

Ingredients

  • Corn Flake Crumbs, optional

Step 12

Pour mixture into an un-greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle top lightly with corn flake crumbs (if using).
 

Step 13

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until top is beginning to brown in spots. Serve hot!
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