Friday, October 23, 2015

Oh SOOO Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

This is about the most amazing thing you will put in your mouth on a bad day.  It is the requested meal from my daughter when she has had one of those days and to be honest it is so so good and a great meatless dinner served with a side salad or fruit.  Without a doubt you will enjoy this creamy dish and one of the best parts is it takes about 20-25 minutes to make!!! ENJOY!!!

1 LB pasta{gemelli and cavatappi are our faves}
1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 Cup Milk
1 1/4 Cup Cream
1 Cup freshly* shredded white sharp cheddar
1 Cup freshly* shredded gouda
1/2 Cup Pasta Water
1/4 Cup Finely Chopped chives for garnish

*If you use preshredded cheeses in a cheese sauce in will not turn out creamy and will have a gritty texture in your mouth due to the caking agent added to the cheese.  Taking the time to freshly shredded your cheese is well worth it.

In a large pot cook noodles until al dente.  Before draining the pasta reserve 1/2 Cup of the pasta water and set aside.

In a large pan melt the butter and once melted stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and onion powder.

Slowly add the milk and cream stirring continuously(I add the cream and milk together in one bowl and add about a 1/4 cup at a time).

Heat mixture until it bubbles over medium heat and continue to stir.

Turn off heat and add the cheeses.  Stir until melted.  Once melted add the pasta water(adding the pasta water helps the cheese sauce to stick to the pasta) and pasta until well combined.

Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken.  Top with chives and serve.



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