Basic Mac and Cheese
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 lb dried macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 lb sharp cheddar
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ panko bread crumbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large thick bottomed sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat.
  4. Once the butter has melted and just begun to bubble, reduce the heat to medium low and whisk in the flour until well blended. Cook for 2 minutes while whisking constantly. The butter and flour should become slightly darker, but not burnt.
  5. Whisk in the milk. Continue to cook and whisk until the sauce become smooth and thickened, about 4 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low. And stir in the cheese with a spoon until melted and a smooth sauce forms. Add salt and taste. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked macaroni until well coated.
  8. Pour coated macaroni into a baking pan. Top with panko bread crumbs and any additional spices of choice (pepper or paprika typically). Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Sweet Love and Ginger at