My kids love macaroni and cheese. It usually comes from a box. So to be adventurous and grown up, we took some cheeses we love and took mac and cheese to the next level that even mom and dad love. See how you can make your own cheesy homemade recipe for macaroni and cheese. You’ll never want mac from a box again.
Homemade Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese
3 slices dry sandwich bread with crusts
1/2 cup grated Parmigiana-Reggiano
1/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
11 cup Parmigiana-Reggiano
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
1 c. grated Italian Fontina
1 cup grated Asiago
1 lb penne pasta
1 Tablespoon salt (for water)
1/2 teaspoon salt (for sauce)
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups half and half
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Start preheating the oven to 500F.
For the topping, pulse the bread in a food processor until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs; transfer to a small bowl and stir in the the parmigiana, salt and pepper and set aside.
delicious baked macaroni and cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt.
When the water reaches a boil, add pasta.
In a large bowl, combine the cheeses and set aside.
Take a small saucepan and melt the butter over medium-low heat.
Whisk in the flour until no lumps remain, (about 30 seconds).
Slowly whisk in the half and half and increase heat.
Bring the mix to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cook for about 1 minute (to cook out the taste of the flour);
Stir in the remaining salt and pepper and add the cheese. Stir until it is mixed and smooth. Turn off heat.
When the pasta is completely cooked, Keep 1/4 cup pasta water.
Drain the pasta and add to a large bowl with the pasta water.
Add the cheese and cream mixture until the pasta is covered evenly.
Pour into a 9x
13 baking dish and sprinkle evenly with bread crumb mixture, pressing down lightly.
Bake until topping is golden brown – about 7 minutes.