Try out various cheeses to take this already delicious Macaroni and Cheese to the next level! When you see that how easy it is to make, (it just takes a little extra time) I hope you will set aside some time this weekend to make this comfort food classic!
AIMEE FORTNEY'S RICH MACARONI AND CHEESE
Michala would request this every single day if she had her way! This recipe is a bit time consuming, but I always feel that it is worth it. Various recipes call for all milk, but I like to make it all the more decadent by adding heavy cream. And nutmeg - nutmeg is something I've grown to love with pasta. It gives it that special, "oomph" to the taste. Michala used to say that my Macaroni was not as good as Grandmother's (my Grandmother, her great-Grandmother) but now she says that she has "grown to love this the best." I'll take that compliment!
1 pound elbow macaroni
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces of any of your favorite cheese grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper (to your taste)
freshly ground nutmeg (several grates, to your taste)
breadcrumbs (optional for topping)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, adding a touch of oil and salt. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat the milk and heavy cream but do not boil it. Melt 6 Tablespoons of butter in a large pot and slowly add the flour. Cook over low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk, constantly. While whisking, add the hot milk and heavy cream mixture and cook for a minute or two more, until the mixture is thick. Remove from heat, add the cheese of your choice and the cheddar, 1 Tablespoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a large casserole dish. If desired, sprinkle top with breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top. This is an excellent dish to make to take - as it feeds a lot! So it is great for potlucks, parties, etc.