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Comfort food

After twelve days of being sick, I finally took myself to the doctor.  He loaded me up with antibiotics and told me to do nothing.  So far, I have done a pretty good job following his orders.
Except I made baked macaroni and cheese. My parents left town today, so I was left to fend for myself in the food department.  Not wanting to leave the house, I opted to make something with ingredients I already have. 
Homemade macaroni and cheese was the first thing that came to mind. It is the ultimate comfort food, but is one I rarely make.  Don’t get me wrong. I love it. I just don’t skimp when I make macaroni and cheese. Sure you could try and make a healthy version of it, but that really isn’t all that much fun.
This is an easy recipe with lots of extra spice.
Macaroni and Cheese
2 cups dry elbow macaroni
4 cups water
4 tbsp butter
5 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup half & half
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup Italian cheese, shredded
2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup panko crumbs
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large pot, add water. Bring to a boil and add noodles.  Cook for about 8 minutes, until noodles are done.

In another sauce pan, melt 4 tbsp butter.  Once melted, stir in flour.  Add in milk and half & half. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about ten minutes, still stirring.

Keep heat on low and add in cheeses. Whisk together until combined. Then add all spices.  Taste test, and adjust seasonings as needed.

Pour cooked noodles into the cheese sauce. Stir together, then transfer into a large baking dish. Sprinkle any leftover cheese and panko bread crumbs over top of the macaroni. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes

Perfect on a cold night. Perfect when you have been sick for twelve days. And perfect if you just want to sit at home and relax.

Have a wonderful weekend!

December 10, 2011 - 3:18 pm

steven - Great day!
I just stumbled onto your blog – love it!
Your Mac n Cheese looks divine…I am sure I will try it tonight, and come back often for more blog visits!
Steven

December 10, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Linds - So happy to hear you liked the macaroni! Thanks for the comment!

December 18, 2011 - 9:20 pm

Amy - Looks SO delicious! I always love trying out new twists on baked mac n’ cheese. Will have to give this a try 🙂

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