Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Homemade Mac-n-Cheese

Happy New Year! Nothing like starting off the new year with some homemade mac-n-cheese.

2 cups elbow macaroni
5 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup unbleached flour
2 cups milk
1 cup Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
salt & pepper
4 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
1/2 cup golden round crackers, crumbled
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease shallow 2 quart baking dish (Temptations are perfect for this).

Cook macaroni in salted water according to boxed directions.

Prep ingredients while macaroni is cooking:
Grate 1 cup of VT sharp cheddar

Make 1/2 inch cubes of 4oz Velveeta cheese

Crumble 1/2 cup crackers

Let macaroni drain while you make the cheese sauce: 
In large sauce pan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in flour until thick. Add milk and stir until thickened (I used skim milk which took longer to thicken, but still worked). Add cheddar cheese until it melts. Season with salt and pepper. Add Velveeta, but don't let it melt completely. 

Add macaroni to the greased baking dish. Pour sauce over it and stir to mix. Sprinkle crackers over the top and dot with remaining butter. 

Bake 20-25 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Happy Eating (even my picky eater loves this meal)!!!

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