Homemade Mac and Cheese

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Martha Stewart’s Homemade Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

Cheese Sauce:

  • 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of milk (I used 1%)
  • 3 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (recipe calls for flagship-I just used Wegman’s brand)
  • 1/2 cup jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (original calls for 1/8 tsp. let’s be real, that’s never enough)

Mac and Cheese Dish:

  • Butter for baking dish
  • 8 ounces shell pasta
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 gruyere cheese

Directions:

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In a sauce pan, melt 4 tbsp butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour when melted, about 2 minutes.

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Slowly add milk, whisking as you add. Cook and stir frequently until sauce is thick (about 10 minutes).

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Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, chili powder, and garlic powder.

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Stir until the cheese has melted and all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

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In a medium sauce pan, boil water and cook pasta. You want to cook the pasta about 2 minutes less then the directions say.

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Once cooked, drain and rinse pasta with cold water. Mix together cheese sauce and pasta. Add pasta to pre-buttered baking dish.

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Top with 1/2 tsp of chili powder, gruyere, and cheddar cheese.

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Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes. Broil for 1 minute. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Suggestions: I plan on adding shredded chicken and breadcrumbs the next time I make this. Other than that, it’s very good! Pretty rich. I of course loaded it with Frank’s Redhot, which actually helped with the richness.

Original recipe from Martha Stewart.

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