Posted by: lifewithbs | March 13, 2010

Mac and Cheese #1

I love macaroni and cheese. Maybe a little bit too much.  It’s not something I can let myself eat too much, this close to the wedding, but yesterday Izzy and I got soaked to the bone on our after-work walk and I wanted something warm, gooey and cheesey to cheer me up. I have a few mac and cheese recipes in rotation, which is why this one is named #1. I’ll have to post the others in the future…

Mac and Cheese

recipe adapted from the Pioneer Woman

2 cups dry pasta

1 egg beaten

2 tablespoons butter

1/8 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups whole milk

1/2 pound cheddar cheese, freshly grated

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

There’s a lot of active whisking time during this recipe, so it’s a good idea to first grate the cheese and measure out the milk, seasonings, and pasta.

Preheat the oven to 350 and put the pasta water on to boil. When the water is ready, cook the pasta until firm but not cooked through (a little more than half the cooking time).

Beat the egg in a small bowl.

In a large pot, melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook for 5 minutes, whisking constantly.

Add in the milk and stir together. If you like mustard, you can add in a half teaspoon at this time.  Cook for 5 minutes until the mixture is thick, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low.

Next, you need to temper the egg. Slowly pour 1/4 cup of the sauce into the beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking the egg. Whisk until smooth.

Pour the egg mixture into the sauce, whisking until smooth.

Add in all but 1/2 cup of the cheese, and stir until melted.

Add in all the seasonings, and stir to combine.

Pour in the cooked, drained pasta and stir to combine. Move into a buttered baking dish, and top with the rest of the cheese.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until bubbly and golden on the top. Serve immediately, and enjoy!


  1. I didn’t know there was any other type of mac & cheese besides Mom’s! We’ll have to try this sometime soon…

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