My mom has been gone for 24 years now, and since today is her birthday I'd like to pay tribute to her by sharing my favorite dish of hers...macaroni and cheese:)
As far back as I can remember this is the dinner I requested every year for my birthday, or any special event for that matter. I clearly remember that this meal was waiting for me when I returned from 6th grade camp:) I was so happy to be home!
This mac n' cheese isn't fancy, complicated or full of exotic ingredients, but it is classic comfort food with a capital "C"! I was such a picky eater as a child; it's no wonder that this was my favorite! Now, my own family loves it!
This recipe has a creamy, cheesy sauce, and is covered in gooey melted cheese:) It's delicious, but still does not turn out quite the way my mom's did. This is her recipe, but still, something's missing.
Maybe it can never be quite the same without the most essential ingredient...Mom.
Macaroni and Cheese
8 ounces large elbow macaroni noodles
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups whole milk
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cook macaroni as package directs. Drain. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in milk over medium heat, and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer mixture 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Place the macaroni mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Makes 4-6 servings.