Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oven Mac n' Cheese

My husband and I aren't huge macaroni and cheese fans but the other night I was low on groceries and it was cold and snowy.  I  know there are several recipes for oven mac n cheese but I used what ingredients I had and this one is family approved.  My daughter took it to eat on her break at her dance studio and a couple people asked what restaurant it was from!
What you will need: 
  • Pasta, the amount and type is whatever you have
  • 3T butter or marg.
  • 3T flour
  • 3 c milk
  • 2-3 cups of shredded cheese (what you like and have on hand)
  • I used 1lb. box of Penne Pasta ( this served 4 and we had left overs)
  • boil your pasta. I took it out a couple minutes earlier than what the box said, it will cook in the oven and I don't like mushy pasta.  While the pasta is boiling, put together your cheese sauce. If you watch cooking shows, or you want to sound fancy, it's a Bechamel sauce.
  • in a saucepan melt 3T butter or margarine, 3T flour until it is like paste then slowly add your 3 cups of milk.  Whisk this in the pan with a little minced onion and salt, and pepper and 2-3 cups of grated cheese(I used mostly cheddar and a little mozzarella, until it has thickened and is smooth).  
  • Drain your pasta and  pour sauce over, top with dry bread crumbs.  Put it in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.  It will be thin at first but it will thicken while baking.
Simply Angie

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