Thought I might share my recipe for the family Mac and Cheese I made this weekend with any of you looking for a traditional home-style recipe.
Macaroni and Cheese
4 C. Macaroni (dry)
5 Tbs. Butter (divided)
4 Tbs. All Purpose Flour
1 Tsp. Salt
5 C. Milk (Room temperature)
3 C. Shredded Cheese (Fresh. At least 2 types, one strong (Gruyere, Cheddar, etc) and one mild and creamy.
1/2 C. Bread Crumbs (Fresh from stale bread)
Paprika to garnish
Cook Macaroni to slightly less than done (6 Minutes). In medium pot (2 QT.) melt 4 Tbs. butter and bring to medium heat. Once at temperature, add flour and make a roux. Add salt, milk, and shredded cheese. Proceed to produce a cheese sauce. Place macaroni in a casserole/baking dish and add cheese sauce. Melt remaining 1 Tbs. butter in a cast-iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and toast lightly in butter. Sprinkle toasted breadcrumbs on dish and add paprika for color as needed. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.