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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Homemade Mac and Cheese

Honestly is there anything more heartwarming than a big bowl of noodles with cheese?
This is one of these things that really there are no measurements for, I just kinda go with what I have on hand.
1 lb pasta. cooked and drained-
{I prefer something med-small size with either a tube or ridges to catch all the cheese}
 In a saucepan melt a couple tablespoons of butter over med-low heat. Once melted add in the same amount of flour and cook it until it becomes a light tan color.
Add in a couple cups of milk and bring to a simmer . Once the sauce starts thickening add in a few handfuls of shredded cheese.{here I used a mix of chedder and monterey jack, but anything will work} a 1/2 tsp dried mustard  or a whole tsp dijon. a little cayenne or hot sauce to taste. salt and pepper to taste. If you wanted to add a combination of chopped ham and andouille sausage at this point I would highly reccommend it.
mix sauce , pasta and meats if using, and pour it into a lightly sprayed 9 x13 pan. sprinke more cheese over the top and some buttered breadcrumbs.
bake at 350 10-15 min, just until the top is browned and the cheese is melty

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