Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Here at A LA CARTE we are passionate about our Mac ‘n Cheese.

In fact, we have rules.

#1 Mac ’n Cheese must not be from a box. EVER.

#2 Mac ’n Cheese must be made with a quality aged cheddar.

#3 Mac ’n Cheese must not have unnecessary add-ins. No broccoli, no tuna, no bacon, no chicken, no lobster. No exceptions.

Classic Macaroni & Cheese
Makes about 8 servings

1 pkg. (16 oz.)  cavatappi pasta ( elbows, gemelli, or penne)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
2 cups milk
8 ounces aged cheddar, shredded

- Preheat oven to 375°.

- Grease bottom and sides of 2-quart casserole.

- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to cooking pot.

- Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Using whisk, stir in flour, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until well blended.

- Slowly add milk to flour mixture, whisking constantly. When sauce begins to thicken, remove from heat. Let mixture cool for about five minutes.

- Stir in cheese until melted.

- Pour cheese sauce over cooked pasta in pot. Mix well. Transfer to casserole.

- Bake uncovered at 375° for 30 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.

In the photo above, we’ve used cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta and a 3 year old extra-aged artisanal cheddar from Grafton Village Cheese Company, called Grafton Gold.

We’d offer to share, but it’s all gone!

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6 Comments

Filed under Cheese, Main Dishes, Pasta, Side Dishes

6 responses to “Classic Macaroni and Cheese

  1. #3 Mac ’n Cheese must not have unnecessary add-ins. No broccoli, no tuna, no bacon, no chicken, no lobster. No exceptions.

    …. Um …. seriously? Sorry, but I’m keeping my add-ins, thank you very much. I love mac and cheese with crabmeat or a bit of roasted red pepper.

  2. pietra

    I used to work for Bandon Cheese in Oregon and we had 8 year old cheddar to DIE FOR!! Miss the cheese factory.

  3. Yes! I agree~ This is classic mac and cheese, the way my grandmother used to make it. Gorgeous.

  4. Yes, I think we should file this recipe under BREAKFAST!!!

  5. Alexis

    Sounds wonderful! It’s 10:00 am? Is it too early for this? Nah!

  6. Bacon

    I will never read your blog ever again, if you call bacon an unnecessary ingredient!!

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