Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Macaroni & Cheese

Heather, who came to visit yesterday, requested my macaroni & cheese recipe, so here goes:

Macaroni & Cheese

(This makes a lot, but the recipe is easy to halve.)

2 (1-lb.) boxes elbow macs
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 Cups shredded cheddar
1 Cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese*
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 Cup crushed Ritz crackers (or any butter cracker you like)
3 T melted butter
1/4 Cup grated parmigiana (or parmesan) cheese

*You don't have to use Jarlsberg, but it really does add a nice flavor to this. It's pricey, so I just get a quarter pound at the deli for about $2. You can always substitute a cup of any cheese you like.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a big lasagna pan with non-stick spray. I find I need to do one large pan and one smaller pan to fit all the macaroni.

Cook the macaroni.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a heavy, medium skillet or saucepan. When the butter is melted, add the flour and stir to make a roux; cook 2 minutes until smooth. Whisk in one can of the milk. Gradually whisk in the other can of milk until smooth. Add salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer two minutes, whisking until thick.

Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and mustard until melted. Add to cooked macaroni and stir. Pour into baking pans. Combine crackers, butter and parmesan, sprinkle on top. Bake 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Enjoy!

(I put foil on top to keep the macs from getting too hard. Use Reynold's no-stick, or spray regular foil with non-stick spray.)

7 comments:

Stevens girl said...

Thanks so much. I hope you don't mind, but I put it on my recipe blog so I can find it to try it. I need to buy some of the ingredients.

Maggie said...

I need to try this a I am searching for the perfect mac and cheee for us and I have not found it yet.

Mirnut said...

This looks great! I am definitely going to try. My family likes Mac n Cheese but I haven't found a recipe I really like. Thanks for posting this recipe.

also, are you in Johnstown, PA? I noticed the pic on your blog? I just finished reading a book about the Johnstown flood, fictionalized somewhat. Also, there's a story in my family that the only reason we exist is b/c my great grandmother took her buggy up on the train tracks with the children to survive the flood.

purityseekers said...

Oh my goodness!!! That sounds SO good!! My oldest son's favorite thing is his Grammies Mac and Cheese and I just have never seemed to get it quite right! Yours sounds AWESOME!!! I can't wait to try it!!!! :) Bridget

purityseekers said...

me again haha. I have to say that I BET this is more like her recipe because of the evaporated milk! I remember that she always have her kitties some evaporated milk...so I know she uses it a lot...so I BET she uses in her mac and cheese!! MMM I am hungry just writing about it!!!

purityseekers said...

Hi :) I am trying your recipe today! (FINALLY!!!!) They didn't have the other cheese this AM (they usually carry it, but were out) so I am going all cheddar...but I can't wait!!! I'll let you know how it turns out! :) Bridget

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