Macaroni and Cheese
Approximately 6-8 servings
1 lb of pasta (macaroni, orecchiete, penne, etc.)
Salt for pasta water
4 Tbsp butter (no margarine)
¼ cup finely diced yellow onion
1 minced garlic clove
4 Tbsp flour
1 ½ cups milk (at least 2%, but not fat free)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Dash of nutmeg
1. Bring at least 2 quarts of water to a rapid boil. Add a fair amount of salt (about 1/8 cup) to the
water, stir, then add the pasta all at once and cook according to package directions. Drain and reserve
the pasta. Don't rinse it!
2. Meanwhile, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the butter and
melt. Add the diced yellow onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes. It should be
translucent and just slightly starting to brown. Add the minced garlic clove and cook for another
minute or so, still stirring. Add the flour and stir to incorporate thoroughly. Cook for another minute
or two. Whisk in the milk all at once and stir continuously to avoid lump formation. It will thicken up
as it heats up. Once it's thickened, reduce the heat to low and add the shredded cheese, black pepper,
and nutmeg. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and combined.
3. Add the cooked pasta and stir to incorporate. Serve and enjoy!
-Add shredded, cooked chicken or some lump crab or shrimp and some vegetables for a complete one
-Switch out the type of cheese for a different flavor profile: try cheddar and Parmesan, smoked gouda
and cream cheese, or mozzarella and Colby jack cheese.
-Use meat stuffed tortellini or ravioli instead of plain pasta.
-For a reduced carb version, replace half of the pasta with well cooked and cut up cauliflower instead,
or use all cauliflower instead of pasta.
-Use the cheese sauce for vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower.
-Make a 'pizza pasta' by replacing half of the milk with pizza sauce and continue with the recipe as
above. Mix in some cut up pepperoni or cooked Italian sausage and pizza cheese instead of cheddar.