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How to Make the Perfect Mac and Cheese

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, easy mac and cheese, homemade mac and cheese, how to make mac and cheese, how to make roux, kid friendly, mac and cheese, mac and cheese recipe, mac and cheese roux, roux recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 451 kcal
Author Jenny Flake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound dry small pasta I used elbow
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups milk I used skim
  • 2 cups finely shredded mild cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. I recommend cooking the pasta a minute less than the directions.  Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  2. To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cheese until melted.
  3. Transfer cooked pasta to large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine. This is a thick and creamy sauce. To thin the sauce, add a few tablespoons of milk at a time until at desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make the Perfect Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 661mg29%
Potassium 282mg8%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Calcium 375mg38%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.