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.
  • 2Cook pasta according to package directions, EXCEPT ABOUT 2 MINUTES LESS, just until al dente.

    Drain and set aside.
  • 3Place a heavy dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, and add butter.
  • 4When 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
  • 5Slowly whisk in milk, again stirring continuously until mixture is thickened, this will take about 2-3 minutes.

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

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