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My children say that this is better than the stuff that comes in the blue box. I think tears welled up in my eyes and my hand involuntarily clutched my chest when they said this. It is such a compliment coming from those who think the most tasty foods are ones that come in colors not naturally occurring in nature.
For this recipe you will need:
1 box elbow macaroni
6T unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups cream
(I used 3 cups of half-n-half, which I think is the same thing.)
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups shredded cheddar
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cook and drain the macaroni according to the package directions
Melt the butter in a large pot, large enough to fit all of the macaroni
Add the flour, salt and pepper and whisk until it is well blended.
Gradually pour in the milk and cream. Stirring constantly. CONSTANTLY. As in do not stop stirring. Bring to boil and allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
Reduce heat and stir for another 5 minutes or so. Then slowly add the cheese. SLOWLY. And keep on stirring. You could consider this your upper arm workout for the day.
Once all the cheese has melted in the pot, allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off the stove and pour the macaroni into the pot. Did you use a big enough pot? You didn’t did you? You thought, ‘Oh this one will be fine. I’ll make do.’ Except now all the macaroni is spilling out of the top of pot while you are stirring and getting all over the stove top and into the burners. And you are cursing under your breath. What? That was just me? Oh, well carry on then.
Toss well so all the macaroni is coated.
Pour into a well buttered baking dish. (At this point you can set the baking dish aside until it is 30 minutes before dinner time. I love meals like this because I can pop it into the oven when we get home from practice and kids are showering.)
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the surface.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Then step back and let the compliments roll in.
Next time I make this I am planning on adding ham to it. I made a spiral ham last week and cut some up and froze it expressly for this purpose. I also saved the bone to make split pea soup. If you don’t have ham leftovers, you can also buy a ham steak and cut it up. I want to add broccoli, but the very idea made several children wail and rend their clothing, so I am going to pass on it. But I think it would be tasty.
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