Recipe by LEACH
"This is my mom's recipe for macaroni and cheese with a bread crumb topping and a little dry mustard for zip. It is great!! You can make it more or less cheesy, depends on your taste."
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dry bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups
shredded Cheddar cheese
This is a good base recipe but needs just a bit of tweeking. 1. Because I have a picky toddler I avoided the onions. 2. When making the sauce, add 1 cup of milk to your sauce pan and reserve 1/2 a cup cold milk to mix your dry ingredients in. Mix the dry ingredients into the 1/2 cup cold milk and mix thoroughly--you will prevent lumps this way. Add the remaining 1/2 cup and stir. I found it didn't thicken very well until I added the cheese. I kept the cheese on the heat until the sauce thickened. 3. I recommend adding a second cheese. I added romano but parmasean, monteray Jack or any other sharp cheese would really enhance the flavour. 4. I crushed up 2 crackers and put them on top, I sprayed a bit of olive oil onto them to allow for browning. I also grated a bit of cheedar cheese onto the bread crumbs maybe 2-3 tbsp.
Not sure what went wrong but mine came out very grainy. It did have a nice flavor behind it but it did not get eaten because of the texture. Any ideas?
This is excellent, not your box mix at all. However (isn't there always a however when you love to cook?) I agreed with the reviewer who said less or no breadcrumbs. The second time I made it I left out the breadcrumbs and when I took it out of the oven I topped it with crumbled bacon and finely chopped green onions. Oh wow! My husband declared it "company fare".
This is exactly how my sister and I grew up with my mom's mac and cheese. I added extra cheese and milk so that it was very creamy and cheesy. Perfect!!
And yes, it is a bit grainy. ALL homemade mac and cheese, made with REAL cheese will come out slightly grainy in the end. If you want the smooth kind, then quit making REAL mac and cheese, go buy some velveeta and be happy with your processed version.
I have always used Martha Stewart's recipe for mac and cheese until I found this one. Sorry Martha. This is much better. Before putting it in the oven I top with a cooked crumbled bacon. YUM! Other reviewers complained about the cheese sauce. I think that it's important to use a very good quality of chedder cheese. It makes all the difference in whether you have a creamy sauce or a lumpy sauce.
This is the same recipe I have been using for years, and I adore it. I don't add the bread crumbs to it, and I prefer it that way. The last time I made it I didn't have any dry mustard, and it definitely changed the flavor of it (made it more bland), so I really recommend that people not omit the dry mustard.
I have tried many mac and cheese recipes trying to find the right "cheesiness" and flavor. This, by far, is my favorite!!! I added 1 cup of shredded colby cheese to the pasta (not the sauce) to make it extra cheesy. Delicious!
My hubby and I enjoyed this version of mac and cheese. I could have eaten it after adding the cheese sauce to the pasta and not baking. It would have been much creamier. However, my husband liked it baked with the bread crumbs (I used less than called for) but he said that I should have mixed some fresh parmesan cheese with them as well...I will probably try that next time. I might also make more sauce for the amount of pasta...this also might help it stay creamy. I didn't have any mustard so I used some garlic powder and smoked paprika (to taste).
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Macaroni and Cheese V
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 207
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