Nothing says comfort food like macaroni and cheese! But this version of old-fashioned macaroni and cheese is creamy but lighter because it’s made with milk. The ultimate comfort food!
Here’s my recipe for old-fashioned macaroni and cheese.
Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
3 tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Flour
1 Bay leaf
3 cups Milk
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Dash each of sea salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (either old or white old)
2 cups elbow pasta
1 tbsp butter
1 cup bread crumbs
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Blend in flour and add bay leaf. Cook stirring for 30 seconds. Pour in 1 cup of the milk, whisking until mixture comes to a boil and becomes thick.
Pour in rest of milk in a slow stream, whisking constantly, until comes to a full boil. Reduce heat to low.
Stir in cheese until melted. Remove bay leaf and add mustard, salt and a pinch of cayenne and nutmeg (optional). Keep on low, stirring often.
Meanwhile, cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling water until cooked. Drain. Stir into cheese sauce until well-coated. Spoon into a buttered 2L deep casserole dish.
Melt butter and toss with bread crumbs and sprinkle over top of macaroni.
Bake in preheated oven at 350 F for 20 minutes or until top is slightly brown.