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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eat In. Mac and Cheese.

OK, believe it or not, homemade macaroni is one of the easiest things I've ever made. And the pay-off is ridiculous. The recipe below makes 6ish servings (it makes as much in the picture above), but you could probably half the ingredients or play around with it until it feeds as many as you'd like. Also, be aware that there is--in my rough estimation--7000 calories packed in here. But hey, that's comfort food for you.

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 3 tblsp. butter (plus a little extra to grease the baking pan)
  • 3 tblsp. flour
  • 2 cups cream
  • 6 cups of cheese (we used cheddar and monterey jack)
  • 6 slices of bacon*
  • Salt, pepper, and whatever spices you like (we used a mix of cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and a bit of nutmeg)
  • breadcrumbs for topping
Directions:
  • Prepare the macaroni according to the package (or, you know, boil it in water with a little bit of salt and oil, duh).
  • Cook the bacon in a skillet, crumble or slice it, and make sure to reserve the delicious, greasy fat.
  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan.
  • Once the butter is done foaming, add the flour and whisk until all the lumps are gone.
  • Let the roux (aka the butter and flour) darken to a sandy blonde.
  • Whisk in salt, pepper, and spices
  • Add the cream slowly, whisking the whole time until it's smooth.
  • Dump in the cheese and whisk until everything is melted and tasty.
  • Mix the cheese sauce, bacon bites, and drained pasta in the pasta pot.
  • Pour the yummy mixture into a greased glass baking pan ( 13x9, maybe?).
  • Spoon a few tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat into the breadcrumbs and mix until crumbly.
  • Top your casserole with extra cheese and breadcrumbs.
  • Bake at 375ish for 20ish minutes-- basically until the breadcrumbs are toasty and the cheese is bubbly.
*This is totally optional. I'd imagine you could also use a veggie, like peas. However, if you do opt out of the bacon, have some melted butter on hand to toss the breadcrumbs in.

-- Heather Robertson

2 comments:

  1. Is this really a picture of the mac that you made? It looks delicious!!!!

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