Posted by: purityseekers | August 23, 2011

Homemade Creamy Mac & Cheese Recipe

Homemade creamy mac & cheese.  Let’s make some total comfort food!!!!

I searched for a long time to find a really good recipe, and over the years I’ve tweaked recipe after recipe and came up with my favorite!

Last night, I decided to plan a tutorial.  I grabbed my camera and started cooking!

First, I boil macaroni.  (I like to add about half whole wheat pasta)  I used about 5 cups of dry and cook it for 10 minutes.  I also butter a 9X13″ pan! (I use a cold stick of butter, right out of the fridge, and rub it all over!)
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Then, while the pasta is cooking, I shred a boatload (or a couple paper plate loads) of cheddar cheese: (and I save a chunk to shred to put on the top of the casserole!)
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I also measure 2 cups of milk (hence the Homemade Creamy Mac & Cheese Recipe title!), scramble 3 eggs & get out the Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and Paprika. . .(and regular salt and pepper, which must have felt left out because I forgot to add them to the photo!)

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Then I preheat my oven to 350 degrees.

Once my pasta is done, I strain it. . .
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I take that same stick of butter and cut off a big chunk (I like that measurement term, “chunk”) and throw it into the pot I cooked the pasta in.  (when I think about how much butter to put in, I have flashbacks of my Kraft mac & cheese days!  I can’t believe the LITTLE amount of pasta in that LITTLE box, and how it called for a TON of butter!  As long as I use less than that, I’m happy. . .but I still throw in a big chunk (probably almost 1/2 a stick!) ~ I love butter!!!

Then I put the pasta back into the pot. . .

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I add the cheese, a little salt and LOTS of pepper. . .and stir it up. . .
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Then I stir in the milk & the eggs. . .
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Then to add a little flavor and to color it up a bit. . .I stir in the other seasonings. . .(I don’t measure, I just make it look kinda like this. . .which is mostly Paprika!)
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Then into the casserole dish it goes.  Cover it with that extra shredded chunk of cheese. Dot butter on top (look closely and you’ll see the little chunks…again…chunks) ~ I’m not really sure why I do this part.  My Mother always did because HER Mother always did…and so forth and so on.  I don’t care to know why because I won’t argue with extra butter, whatever the real reason is. . .
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Cover it with tin foil.  Bake 1/2 hour covered.  Then take off the foil and bake 1/2 hour more!

Then forget to take a photo, serve it to your family, and then remember to take a photo. . .
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**If you don’t have time for all this non-sense… don’t add the egg and just mix all the other stuff in and serve it just like that!  I tend to do that when I am knitting and look at the clock and realize it’s PAST dinnertime!  OOPS!

So, there ya have it!  My favorite Homemade Creamy Mac & Cheese Recipe!  Please comment if you try it!!!!

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