When it comes to comfort food, few dishes can beat a piping hot bowl of homemade mac and cheese. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal or a dish to impress at your next dinner party, this classic recipe is sure to please.
To start, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions, then drain and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for about two minutes or until the mixture becomes a light brown color.
Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Continue to cook and stir the mixture until it thickens, which should take about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Parmesan cheeses. Add the salt and pepper, then stir in the cooked macaroni until everything is well combined.
Pour the mac and cheese into a large baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Let the dish cool for a few minutes before serving.
This recipe serves six, so it’s perfect for a family dinner or a small gathering. Serve it with a side salad or some steamed vegetables for a complete meal that’s sure to satisfy.