Real Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

Servings:

8
    • 2 (8 ounce) package macaroni
    • 8 tablespoons butter
    • 8 tablespoons flour
    • 2 cup milk
    • 2 cup cream
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
    • 4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
    • 1 cup breadcrumbs, buttered

Directions:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. 2 Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside.
  3. 3 In a large saucepan melt butter.
  4. 4 Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended.
  5. 5 Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly.
  6. 6 Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly).
  7. 7 Reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly) 10 minutes.
  8. 8 Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  9. 9 Turn off flame.
  10. 10 Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce.
  11. 11 Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish.
  12. 12 Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  13. 13 Bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  14. 14 (You can also freeze this recipe in zip-lock bags for later use – once you have mixed the macaroni along with the cheese sauce allow to cool to room temperature before adding to your freezer – I generally pull it out the night before and allow macaroni and cheese to reach room temperature; I then add the macaroni and cheese to a buttered baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs and then bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling.
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