I hate, absolutely despise, the boxed macaroni and cheese... but my kids love it. So in order to compromise, I decided to make my own. And I'm so glad I did because it was absolutely fantastic. Much better than the boxed stuff. My husband was very impressed too. He didn't know there was such a thing as "homemade" macaroni and cheese. :P
Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese
1 package macaroni (8 oz) 4 Tbsp butter 4 Tbsp flour 1 cup milk 1 cup cream 1 tsp salt, Fresh ground black pepper, to taste 2 1/2 cups shredded Medium cheddar cheese 3/4 cup Ritz Crackers
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside. In a large saucepan melt butter. Mix salt and pepper with flour and add to butter. Use a whisk to stir until well blended. Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly. Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly). Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, 10 minutes. Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.Turn off flame. Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce. Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Enjoy!
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