MOTHER'S MAC AND CHEESE (SALLYE)

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sallye bates

By
@grandedame

Another recipe from my mother's recipe box. It is a very basic recipe and I have added some options to "jazz it up" a tad.

A tasty, comforting dish on a cool gloomy evening.

Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4-6 servings
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 12 oz
    small elbow or rotini macaroni
  • 1/4 lb
    (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 c
    flour
  • 1 tsp
    kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp
    fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 oz
    milk
  • 8 oz
    shredded sharp cheddar cheese***
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder (optional)***
  • 1/4 c
    parsley flakes (optional***

How to Make MOTHER'S MAC AND CHEESE (SALLYE)

Step-by-Step

  1. ***Mother's recipe called for mild cheddar cheese, but we prefer sharp. I added the garlic powder and parsley as options.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, EXCEPT ABOUT 2 MINUTES LESS, just until al dente.

    Drain and set aside.
  3. Place a heavy dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, and add butter.
  4. When butter is melted, add flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to saucepan, stirring continuously with wooden spoon until roux is a light tan color.

    This will take about 4-5 minutes
  5. Slowly whisk in milk, again stirring continuously until mixture is thickened, this will take about 2-3 minutes.

    Add in parsley at this time.
  6. Reduce heat to low (a bare simmer) and add cheese.

    Whisk vigorously to combine cheese until it is fully melted and a smooth sauce.
  7. Pour cooked pasta into the cheese sauce and stir until pasta is evenly coated with cheese mixture.
  8. If sauce becomes too thick, add milk a tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  9. You can add cooked broccoli florets to this basic recipe to make a wonderful alternate side dish.
  10. Best if served while still warm.

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About MOTHER'S MAC AND CHEESE (SALLYE)

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids




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