Stovetop Mac and Cheese
By definition mac and cheese is a comfort food. The sauce, the pasta, everything about it is a stick to your stomach meal that is perfect for any bbq, dinner or meal whether in summer or during cold weather. This recipe for Stovetop Mac and Cheese is an easy take on such a classic dish, you'll be sure to enjoy it!
1 Pound Dried Pasta Elbows or Cavatappi preferred ½ Cup Butter ½ Cup Flour 1 ½ Cups Milk 2 Cups Half and Half Salt Pepper 1 Tsp Paprika 1 Tsp Ground Mustard 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar 1 Cup Cheddar Jack Chives Optional Bacon Optional
Cook pasta per package instructions until al dente. Set aside. In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir together until fully incorporated. Cook roux until flour is cooked through and it has a slight nutty aroma. Slowly add milk to roux mixture, whisking together so that it is smooth and fully blended together. Add is half and half. Add in seasonings and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in cheese and stir until fully incorporated. Let simmer for several minutes until sauce thickens. Add pasta to the sauce mixture and adjust seasoning as desired. Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 750 kcal Carbohydrates: 71 g Protein: 24 g Fat: 40 g Saturated Fat: 24 g Cholesterol: 116 mg Sodium: 433 mg Potassium: 410 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 5 g Vitamin A: 1425 IU Vitamin C: 0.7 mg Calcium: 446 mg Iron: 1.9 mg