Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 entree servings, 8 side serv
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil, 1 turn of the pan in a slow stream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole or 2 percent milk
  • 3 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, a couple pinches
  • Salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked 8 minutes or to al dente, with a little bite to it
Directions

Heat a medium, deep skillet over medium heat. Add oil and butter. When butter melts into the oil, add flour and combine. Gently cook, whisking flour and butter together, until smooth and flour has had a chance to cook, about 3 minutes. Slowly add milk while continuing to whisk. Gently bring milk to a bubble while stirring frequently. Allow the milk to thicken a bit, then stir in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese a handful at a time. Season sauce with nutmeg and cayenne. Taste and add a little salt, if you like. Add cooked pasta to sauce and coat completely by turning over and over in the cheese sauce. Transfer to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Place baking dish under a hot broiler and brown the cheddar cheese on top.


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I make this all the time, and have made it for years, but I've made adjustments over time. I don't add the nutmeg or salt, and I add the cayenne at the same time as the flour, in a larger amount to make it hot. Whenever I make this, it goes quickly, and there are never any leftovers. I've never had a problem with the sauce tasting "floury", but that might be to the large amount of cayenne I use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the texture was a bit off - like too much flour....I love RR, and she rarely disappoints, but this recipe needs some refinement I think. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son loved it and he is only 13 month old. I will definitely do it again item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been using this recipe now for a few years now...LOVE IT!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not a very good recipe. The Nutmeg was too strong and the sauce was too floury. I will definitely be using a different one next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
NOT FOR KIDS! The nutmeg is way too strong and the sauce tastes floury as other reviewers have observed. Definitely go with Alton Brown's recipe (evaporated milk. Had to throw out the whole batch. I have heard that some recipes here get published without an actual taste test - this might be a good candidate for that category. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time ever making Mac and cheese! It was fabulouso! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good flavor, but could taste and feel the flour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is our go to mac and cheese my youngest son won't eat any other. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner tonight and I really liked it. I love nutmeg and cayenne, so for me...perfect. My kiddos (2 boys--10 and 7 liked it, but I am looking for a macaroni and cheese recipe that they just LOVE. I liked this recipe for the simplicity and the short amount of time/no mess and had all standard ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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