Mac and Cheese is one of my family’s favorite foods! We all love it. And it makes a great dish to take to parties and potlucks. Here is a great recipe and some ideas for some delicious twists to mix it up!
1 lb good Italian pasta (I use corkscrews or shells)
1 stick unsalted butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups whole milk
1 pound cheddar cheese (grated)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 stick butter
2 cups panko bread crumbs (regular bread crumbs work fine too)
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to instructions (reserve 1 cup of cooking water to thin out sauce if needed). In a saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, whisking constantly for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the milk to the butter and flour while continuously whisking. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook until the liquid has thickened enough and coats the back of a spoon. Stir in cheese (cheddar and parmesan). Season with salt and pepper and add 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water (more if needed). Spray/grease a 9x 13 pan. Add the pasta and pour the cheese mixture over. Melt the 1/2 stick of butter and mix in the bread crumbs and grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture of the noodles and cheese. Bake for 30 minutes.
For a fun twist, add 2-4 tablespoons chipotle in adobe to the cheese sauce. Some sauteed scallions and bacon make a fun twist as well.