How to Make Macaroni and Cheese. Homemade macaroni and cheese is an American classic and a true delight. It's also easy to make - forget that stuff in the blue box! This recipe serves about four.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2 pound penne pasta
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 tbsp. minced fresh onion
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsps flour
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- Baking Dishes
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Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Use a Stockpot and boil the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water until tender. Drain and reserve.
Meanwhile, melt 1/3 cup of the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and add the onion. Cook for two minutes.
Add the white pepper and flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for three to four minutes. Don't let the flour brown; lower the heat if it does.
Add the mustard and milk and bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes. The sauce will thicken. It should be very thick but not gluey. Add more milk if it thickens too much.
Once the sauce has simmered for at least 10 minutes, add the cheddar and gruyere cheeses and half the parmesan.
Shut off heat and stir them in. Stir the cheeses in as they melt. Return the pan to low heat if necessary.
Working quickly, toss the pasta in the cheese sauce. Toss it well so the sauce gets inside the pasta tubes.
Place the pasta in an 11- by 14-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.
Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese over the top.
Melt the remaining butter, stir it into the breadcrumbs and sprinkle this mixture over the top of the pasta.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden and toasted.