How to Make Homemade Mac + Cheese

Simple way of making homemade macaroni and cheese with a béchamel sauce. Option: adding bread crumbs.

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How to Make Homemade Mac + Cheese Recipe
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1
Preheat oven to 400 F.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

2
Add 1 teaspoon of salt to water and bring to a boil.

Add 1 teaspoon of salt to water and bring to a boil.

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3
Cook 4 cups of macaroni in the boiling salted water until al dente.

Cook 4 cups of macaroni in the boiling salted water until al dente.

4
Once macaroni is cooked drain and set aside.

Once macaroni is cooked drain and set aside.

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In a large pot over medium-low heat add 1/4 cup unsalted butter. Stir until melted.

In a large pot over medium-low heat add 1/4 cup unsalted butter. Stir until melted.

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Once butter is melted sprinkle 3 tablespoons over the butter to make a roux. Stir with a wooden spoon until roux is light golden.

Once butter is melted sprinkle 3 tablespoons over the butter to make a roux. Stir with a wooden spoon until roux is light golden.

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After about four minutes gradually pour in 2 cups of milk and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Whisk constantly as you add the milk and cream.

After about four minutes gradually pour in 2 cups of milk and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Whisk constantly as you add the milk and cream.

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Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons of mustard powder, and 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper.

Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons of mustard powder, and 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper.

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Raise sauce to medium-high heat as you add in 8 oz of grated extra sharp cheddar.

Raise sauce to medium-high heat as you add in 8 oz of grated extra sharp cheddar.

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As you add the cheddar also add 1 oz of grated Parmesan. Add both the cheddar and Parmesan in three batches while continuing to whisk.

As you add the cheddar also add 1 oz of grated Parmesan. Add both the cheddar and Parmesan in three batches while continuing to whisk.

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Add the béchamel sauce to your macaroni

Add the béchamel sauce to your macaroni

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Butter a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter. Then pour the Mac&cheese into the dish. Bake for 18-23 minutes.

Butter a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter. Then pour the Mac&cheese into the dish. Bake for 18-23 minutes.

13
Once golden brown take it out and let it cool to 15 min before serving.

Once golden brown take it out and let it cool to 15 min before serving.

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