Mac and cheese is a classic comfort food that many people enjoy. While the boxed version is convenient, making homemade mac and cheese can be a fun and delicious alternative. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of making your own homemade mac and cheese from scratch.
Gather Your Ingredients
Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients:
- 8 ounces elbow macaroni
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Breadcrumbs (optional)
Cook the Macaroni
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain the macaroni and set it aside.
Create the Cheese Sauce
In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk until well combined to create a roux.
Add the milk gradually to the roux while continuously whisking to prevent lumps from forming. Keep whisking until the mixture thickens slightly.
Add in the shredded cheddar cheese, stirring until it melts completely. The sauce should be smooth and creamy.
Combine Macaroni with Cheese Sauce
Pour the cheese sauce over the cooked macaroni in your pot or a baking dish. Stir until the macaroni is evenly coated with the sauce.
If you prefer a baked mac and cheese, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a baking dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top for an extra crunchy texture.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
Enjoy Your Homemade Mac and Cheese!
Your homemade mac and cheese is now ready to be enjoyed! Serve it as a main course or as a side dish alongside your favorite vegetables or proteins.
Making homemade mac and cheese allows you to customize it to your liking. You can add bacon, jalapeños, or even different types of cheeses to make it unique. Experiment with different ingredients and techniques to create your perfect version of this classic comfort food.
Now that you know how to make homemade mac and cheese, go ahead and give it a try! Your taste buds will thank you.