Macaroni and Cheese – Velveeta Style

macaroni and cheese

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Who knows how many mac-n-cheese recipes I’ll try after this one! We decided to try a Velveeta version with some changes. While several of the ones that I’ve tasted were all just OK, this one really stood out as the best for me so far.  It’s sharper than my other “favorite” which I still like but probably won’t make as often. This sauce cooked up really thick, but smooth and creamy. This one cooks in the oven which I also liked. If you prefer a cheese sauce that’s a little thinner try using 2 1/2 cups of milk instead of the 2 cups it calls for.

Macaroni and Cheese – Velveeta Style
Serves:      3-4        Preheat Oven Temp:      350

Ingredients List
2 cups elbow macaroni pasta
6 Tb. butter
3 1/2 Tb. flour
2 cups whole milk or half ‘n half, warmed
1/4 tsp. black pepper, salt to taste
8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (shred and set aside to reach room temperature)

Step-by-Step

1 Cook pasta in 4 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes or until almost al dente. They should be a little crunchy in the middle. Drain off the water and rinse very well in cold water. Set aside.
2 Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, not allowing it to brown.
3 Add the flour all at once and stir with a wooden spoon for 7-8 minutes. It will dry out a bit and start to turn a golden color. Do not let it brown, it should have a blonde tint.
4 Add a few tablespoons of the warm milk to loosen the flour mixture from the pan then using a whisk, gradually add the remaining milk. Whisk like crazy as the sauce begins to thicken.
5 Add the salt and pepper and stir until the white sauce begins to bubble. Keep stirring.
6 Add the Velveeta cubes and the shredded cheese a little bit at a time and then turn off the heat.
7 Continually stir the sauce until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
8 Stir in the macaroni and mix well. Pour it into a baking dish or foil pan greased (or sprayed with non-stick spray).Bake at 350 for 30 minutes & then a couple of minutes under the broiler to brown it.

Hints and Tips
Rinse the noodles very well to remove the starch. Starch will make the sauce mealy when cooked.

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