the best mac 'n cheese ever.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

yeah, i eat healthy a lot of the time.  but i definitely indulge in things like mac and cheese and ice cream more often than perhaps i should (read: a lot.  today i had some tj's halloween oreos.  WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT?!).  anyway, when i do indulge, i don't want to waste it on mediocrity.  breyers?  meh.  i'm all about haagen dazs these days.  kraft mac and cheese?  aw, hells no.  homemade, baby!  (or, if i'm being honest, annie's does a pretty good boxed version).  anyway, when i was a wee little girl growing up in nj, my friend's mom used to make this and i'd somehow worm my way to their dinner table if i knew this was on the menu.  it's really good.  make it.

macaroni + cheese
(from mrs. gold but technically good housekeeping)

8 T butter (nobody said it was low-fat)
1 medium onion, minced really small (secret ingredient, i think)
2 T flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
3 cups milk
16 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 lb. pasta (elbow macaroni is best)

melt butter on medium heat.  add onions, cook until clear + tender (about 10 minutes).  add flour, salt, mustard, a dash of pepper  mix until blended.  slowly add milk and cook until smooth and slightly thickened, stirring constantly.  remove from heat and add cheese.  stir until melted.

add 1 lb. of cooked elbow macaroni (cook a minute or two short of tender because it will cook more in oven).  put in casserole dish and cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  5 minutes without the lid.


oh, and to cancel out the goodness that is that mac and cheese? 
see below.

also, i'm in two more places today!  
here at mackey madness talking about three things that are defining me these days.
and here at what wegan did next talking love story.


  1. Looks yummy! I will check you out at those other blogs. Have a good day! :)

  2. I have the same food go-to mac is Martha Stewart's ridic. And ice-cream, it better be hometown, homemade, I'm a snob like that.

  3. This recipe looks easy and yummy at the same time!I love some good mac and cheese!


  4. godloveyouchild.

    i cannot wait to make this!

  5. I'm sorry- did you say that TJ's has Halloween oreos? I am sooo going there today!

  6. @dancing branflake, indeed they do! while supplies last! which is probably a pretty long while.

  7. I just love homemade mac and cheese!! Soo yummy!! Love the blog had to tell ya! :)

  8. Yes! I love your food philosophy. I too love being healthy, but sometime you just gotta have your mac n' cheese.

    I'll try that recipe, looks great! I am a sucker for Kerrygold butter, too. Too bad it's kinda pricey :)

    My grandma (from Savannah, GA) has a mac n' cheese recipe that will blow your mind. It's just sinful and one of these days I must just blog her recipe.

  9. @creole wisdom, BLOG IT, YES.

    @digger, thanks!

  10. You had me at 8 tablespoons of butter.

  11. <---- lactose intolerant. boo!!

    ground mustard, eh? another reminder to get some. i just made something that called for that where i had to omit it. time to pick some up!

  12. Mac and cheese is my favorite "indulge" food. LOVE Annies :) You should link this up to my "what's for dinner" post that went up today, it would be perfect!

  13. So funny to see the kerrygold Irish butter our favourite here in Ireland

  14. It's kind of refreshing that this recipe doesn't have flaxseed in it or colloidal silver drizzled over the top.

    Way to let your freak flag fly, Bridget.

  15. YUM. Nothing like homemade mac and cheese!
    Not a big mustard fan, can you taste it in there??

  16. @freshwater mermaid, can't taste it at all!

    @erin, well i added cod liver oil to mine but whatev.

  17. That's the same butter I used when I was in Ireland! I didn't know they had it here. Brings back memories. :)

  18. dude. homemade macaroni and cheese is in-sane.
    every time i make it i tell myself i'm not going to have seconds but the problem is this: it's so friggin' good i can't stop.


  19. Thanks for guest posting for me!!! And I always think that a piece of lettuce can cancel out ten slices of cake. : )

  20. um, yummmmm! i definitely indulge, too. especially when it comes to mac n cheese. some days there's just nothing better!

  21. Looks delicious! Just came over from Meg's blog and wanted to say 'hi' and let you know that this family of yours is just too cute!

  22. i have to try this.
    it sounds incredible + all we ever eat around here is velveeta shells. (when it comes to mac 'n' cheese, not general.)
    husband better try it. or else.

  23. mmm-such great comfort food to make


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