macaroni and cheese

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

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This classic baked macaroni and cheese is easy and delicious. Be sure to make extra … it’s great as leftovers!

Cliff Notes:
Make a bechamel sauce, add cheese and seasonings; boil macaroni according to package directions, minus one minute; drain noodles and pour into a buttered baking dish; mix in cheese sauce; mix together topping ingredients and sprinkle over mac & cheese; bake at 400° for 20-30 minutes until hot, browned, and bubbly.

Make It Your Own:
– Use your favorite pasta shape … shells, orecchiette, penne …
– Add a couple of tablespoons of barbecue sauce to the cheese sauce an give it an extra tang
– Mix in some meat — bacon, sausage, chicken, ground beef …
– Add veggies — broccoli, corn, peppers, green beans …

Simplify It:
– Use pre-grated cheese or cheese blend
– Top with crushed up potato chips or croutons or extra grated cheese

Oh … the great debate in our house. This topic has caused more “animated discussions” than any other food … brawls have broken out; valued possessions threatened; duels challenged and accepted; and a whole lot of eye rolling and grumbling.

On one side you have Austin who is committed heart and soul to Cheesy Mac & Cheese, and on the other side is Nick who has a very deeply held belief that the only real mac & cheese is this creamy mac & cheese. Ryan … well, as long as either one is on his plate, he won’t complain. As for Amber, she sides with Austin for two reasons – first of all, he’s her husband, and secondly, she doesn’t like crispy topping on her mac & cheese. Well, good news Amber … you can easily leave the topping off, and it’s just as delicious!

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