Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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A simple and affordable incarnation of this classic comfort food.
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Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups extra sharp Cheddar heese, grated
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese - shredded
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Fill a large pot with hot water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add noodles and cook until al dente (approx. 10 minutes).
  • Drain, toss with olive oil until well coated, and set aside in an 8x8" glass baking dish.
  • While the noodles are boiling, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add flour and whisk to combine, cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the mustard, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Then add the milk in a thin stream, whisking until it is thoroughly combined with the flour mixture and no lumps appear.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Add the Cheddar in handfuls and stir to combine. Stir in the Parmesan.
  • Pour sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and gently stir until it is evenly distributed. Do not over-stir.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.
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