- 1 lb dries short pasta
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2-3 cups shredded cheese
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp powered mustard
- ham, bacon, onions, peas, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower (optional)
Mac and Cheese can be more than a comfort meal. Just keep away from the boxed stuff, the powdery cheese in it has no place on any table.
The secret to making this wonderful meal is in selecting the key ingredients. Mac and Cheese is known for its creaminess and smooth texture, so let’s start with the sauce. This is usually derived from a combination of flour, milk and sometimes butter.
Then the seasoning follows. This is not more than the right sprinkling of black pepper, red pepper, and salt although you should tune down the spiciness a bit.
The superstar ingredient is, of course, the cheese, and after the Southern Living Test Kitchen tasted, tested, and retested, they found their winner: Cracker Barrel’s Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese. The final step in mastering–or messing up–this recipe is the pasta. In fact, one of the easiest mistakes when making macaroni and cheese is using the wrong kind of pasta. We suggest steering clear of long, thin, perfect-for-twirling varieties like spaghetti, fettuccini, and linguini. Choose a pasta with a good shape and plenty of nooks for capturing pockets of cheese like shells, cavatappi, or our no-fail elbow macaroni.
How to Make Mac and Cheese