Welcome to this delicious tutorial on how to make the all-time favorite comfort food – Mac and Cheese! Whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or an experienced chef, this recipe will surely satisfy your cravings. So, let’s dive right in!
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Paprika, for garnish (optional)
Step 1: Cooking the Macaroni
In a large pot of boiling water, cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions. Make sure to add salt to the water for added flavor. Once cooked, drain the macaroni and set it aside.
Step 2: Preparing the Cheese Sauce
In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk until well combined. This mixture is called a roux and will thicken our cheese sauce.
Add milk gradually to the roux while continuously whisking. Keep whisking until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth. This may take about 5 minutes.
Add shredded cheddar cheese to the saucepan, reserving a small amount for topping if desired. Stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy and velvety. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3: Combining the Macaroni and Cheese Sauce
Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce. Gently fold the macaroni into the sauce until well coated.
Step 4: Serving
Transfer the mac and cheese to a serving dish. For an extra touch, sprinkle some reserved shredded cheddar cheese on top and dust with paprika for added color.
Your homemade mac and cheese is now ready to be devoured! Serve it hot and enjoy this classic comfort food at its finest!
Now that you have mastered this simple yet irresistible recipe, feel free to experiment with additional ingredients such as bacon, breadcrumbs, or different types of cheeses to create your own signature mac and cheese dish!
Remember, cooking is all about having fun in the kitchen, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Happy cooking!