Sunday, April 24, 2011

Homemade Mac n' Cheese

I had been on a hunt for a homemade mac n' cheese recipe for the family. All the kiddos love mac n' cheese, but Hubby doesn't particularly care for the boxed kind and he was a little picky on the homemade ones. I tried several others before I found this one. I have tweaked it a bit to suit our tastes. It's really pretty simple, 15 minutes prep time and 20-25 minutes bake time. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 quart casserole dish.

1 2/3 cups dry, small elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 tbsp corn starch
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1 cup water
2 TBSP butter
3 slices cheese (I use American)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine the cornstarch, salt, and pepper in a saucepan. Stir in evaporated milk, water, and butter. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in slices of cheese and 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese until melted.

Combine cheese sauce and cooked macaroni in casserole dish.

Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese over top (I used a little more than 1/2 cup) .

Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and light brown. YUMMY!!!!

This started out being the HOLIDAY mac n' cheese, but it's so easy and delicious, I now usually fix it instead of the box mixes. Hubby and the kiddos love it.

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