Macaroni and Cheese is just such a real comfort food. It’s creamy, hearty and warm, and the perfect remedy for a cold day, rainy day or even a hard day. “Mac” short for “macaroni” is really a blanket term for whichever pasta one happens to choose. Big shells, little shells, cavatelli, cavatappi… cook it al dente, cover it with cheesy goodness and bake it until bubbly perfection. I’m in. This is my sister-in-law’s variation; it’s delicious.
As organic as possible:
8 oz “Mac” noodles (today we’re using medium shells)
1/4 cup Butter
2 1/2 Tbsp flour
2 cups Sharp cheddar
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3 cups of milk
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Cook pasta just short of the package recommendation (as they will continue to soften in the oven).
In a large sauce pan, make a roux using the flour and butter. (Over a medium heat, cook the flour and butter for a couple minutes, stirring regularly, and keeping watch not to burn.) Add milk, whisk. Add cheese and stir until melted. Mix sauce and noodles cover with bread crumbs or crumbled crackers. Bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes.