Welcome to this tutorial on how to make delicious Mac & Cheese! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, this classic comfort food is always a hit. Let’s dive right in and learn how to create the perfect blend of cheesy goodness.
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Bread crumbs (optional)
Cooking the Macaroni:
In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add salt. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente according to the package instructions. Drain the cooked macaroni and set it aside.
Making the Cheese Sauce:
In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir continuously for about 1 minute until well combined. This mixture is called a roux and will thicken our cheese sauce.
Pour in the milk gradually while stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens. This usually takes about 5 minutes.
Add in the shredded cheddar cheese, reserving a small amount for topping if desired. Stir until all of the cheese has melted into a smooth sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mixing it all Together:
Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and gently stir until every noodle is coated with the delicious cheese sauce.
If you prefer a crispy top, transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle the reserved shredded cheese on top and then add a layer of bread crumbs for an extra crunch.
Place the dish in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
Once baked, remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve hot and enjoy your homemade Mac & Cheese!
Mac & Cheese is perfect as a main course or as a side dish. It’s versatile, customizable, and loved by kids and adults alike.
Experiment with different cheeses or add cooked bacon or vegetables to make it your own signature recipe. So go ahead, follow this simple recipe, and treat yourself to a bowl of comforting goodness!