Macaroni and Cheese

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I don’t know why so many mac ‘n cheese recipes exist. If you’ve ever tried to make any number of recipe versions, you know what Karen and I have gone through trying to find a good one! Most of them just don’t turn out very good, either too heavy or not very flavorful. This one seems to be pretty good. Decide for yourself.

Macaroni and Cheese
Serves:     2 – 3        Preheat Oven Temp:      N/A

Ingredients List
1-3/4 cup elbow macaroni pasta
3 Tb. salted butter
3 Tb. flour
2-1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2-1/2 cups shredded Colby cheese

Step-by-Step

1 Cook pasta in 4 cups of boiling water for 8 minutes or until tender. Drain off the water.
2 Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour and continue whisking until it is bubbly.
3 Add milk, salt, and black pepper and stir until the milk begins to bubble.
4 Add cheese and then turn off the heat.
5 Whisk the sauce until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
6 Stir in the macaroni and allow it to sit about 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.

Hints and Tips
~ Serve as a main entree or a yummy side dish to grilled smoked sausage, or Parmesan crusted chicken breast.
~ For a tasty twist, place the mac ‘n cheese in an oven safe dish and put it under a broiler for 2 – 3 minutes until the surface starts to brown.  Let it sit for 5 minutes so the cheese sauce can thicken.

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