HOW TO MAKE MAC AND CHEESE FROM SCRATCH RECIPES

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EASY ULTRA CREAMY MAC AND CHEESE - INSPIRED TASTE



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This is our quick and easy homemade macaroni and cheese recipe. It’s made on the stovetop and does not require any baking. That’s not to say that you could not bake it. We’ve shared how in the recipe below. Thanks to butter, flour, and milk the sauce is like velvet and super creamy. To the sauce, we add a whole pound of cheddar cheese (the sharper, the better) as well as a bit of cream cheese. The cream cheese is optional, but it does add tanginess and even more creaminess.

Provided by Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Total Time 30 minutes

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Yield Makes 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 pound dried pasta like elbow macaroni, shells or penne
5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter
5 tablespoons (45 grams) all-purpose flour
5 cups (1180 ml) milk, warmed, whole or 2% reduced fat preferred
1 pound white cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces cream cheese, optional
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Steps:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, add the pasta then follow package directions, but cook 1 minute less than the package calls for. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, make the creamy cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a large high-sided pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the melted butter and whisk the butter and flour together and around the pan until they smell toasted and look light brown; 2 to 3 minutes.
  • While whisking, pour in the warm milk. Continue to cook, constantly whisking until the sauce begins to simmer and thickens. (The sauce only thickens after it has reached a simmer.)
  • Turn the heat to low then stir in the cheddar and cream cheeses, salt, and black pepper. When the sauce is smooth and velvety, stir in the cooked pasta. If the sauce looks wet/thin, don’t worry, the pasta absorbs some the extra moisture as it cools. Turn the heat off, and then cover with a lid. Leave for 5 minutes, stir once more, and then serve.
  • After adding the pasta to the cheese sauce, spoon into a large baking dish, scatter breadcrumbs (optional), and more shredded cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, in a 375-degree Fahrenheit oven until bubbling and browned on top; 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : ServingSize 1/8 of the recipe, Calories 571, FatContent 31.9g, SaturatedFatContent 18.2g, CholesterolContent 89.6mg, SodiumContent 564.7mg, CarbohydrateContent 48.7g, FiberContent 2g, SugarContent 2.3g, ProteinContent 21.8g

MACARONI AND CHEESE – INSTANT POT RECIPES



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This is a creamy, cheesy, classic mac ‘n’ cheese! The macaroni cooks in vegetable or chicken broth, and there’s no straining or draining required. For a change of pace, switch out the Cheddar cheese for Fontina, Gruyère, or smoked Gouda.

Provided by Coco Morante

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 6 minutes

Yield 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 pound elbow macaroni
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth, low sodium)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese (shredded, 3 cups tightly packed)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded, about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps:

  • Combine the macaroni, broth, and butter in the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid and set the Steam Release to Sealing. Select the Manual setting and set the cooking time for 6 minutes at high pressure.  Perform a quick release by moving the Steam Release to Venting.
  • Open the pot and stir in the cheeses, sour cream, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken, then stir again and serve. 

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