Mac n Cheese

Mac n cheese-a favorite comfort food! When I was home over Thanksgiving, my mom and I wanted to try mac n cheese recipe.  We picked this one out from The Food Network’s Alton Brown.  Combining different kinds of cheeses, mustard powder, onion, and spices, it is a warm bowl full of deliciousness-especially on a cold winter’s night.

1/2 pound elbow macaroni

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon powdered mustard

3 cups milk

1/2 cup yellow onion, diced

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 large egg

9 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

3 ounces gouda, shredded

1 teaspoon salt

A pinch of black pepper

5 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cup bread crumbs, Panko suggested

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Boil pasta to al dente.  In another pot, melt the butter. Mix in the flour and mustard using a whisk.  Continue whisking until the mixture has a smooth consistency and begins to thicken.

Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika and simmer for ten minutes.

Then, remove the bay leave.

Mix in the egg half at a time. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese.

Add in salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into dish and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and mix in bread crumbs over low-medium heat.

Spread bread crumbs on the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

Altered from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/baked-macaroni-and-cheese-recipe/index.html

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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