Every year for my birthday this is the one dish I would always ask my mom to make for me. I was in love with this mac and cheese!! I would even lick my plate, which had my dad believe I would never find a man with my table manner! My mom always made it in the microwave but you can also make it on the stove. You can add chicken with the bacon or instead of bacon. I love to use sharp cheddar cheese and pepper jack. There are so many options to make this recipe your own. And it is just about as quick to make as mac and cheese in the box.
This is great as left overs just add some extra milk before reheating in the microwave.
Homemade Macaroni & cheese
What you need
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups Milk (skim works)
2 cups Shredded cheese. (Use whatever you have one hand)
2 oz. parmesan cheese, fresh, grated
3-4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
16 oz. macaroni or other pasta, cooked al dente, drained
1/2lb – 1lb bacon, chopped, fried crisp (I love bacon)
sea salt, fresh ground pepper, red chili flakes, cayenne and garlic powder or any other spices you like to taste
Cook noodles according to package. And if using cook up bacon.
Stove top directions:
On the stove over medium heat melt the butter. Add flour and stir well. Let the flour brown for a minute or two. Slowly add the milk while you whisk (if added to fast it will clump). Spice to taste. Add all cheese once melted add the bacon and cooked noodles.
In 2-qt. microwave safe bowl–like a batter bowl–melt butter in microwave. Add flour and stir well. Cook in microwave 1-2 minutes–flour should start to turn golden brown. Add milk. Cook in microwave until thick, stirring every minute. Add spices to taste. Add cheeses, stir well. Cook in microwave until cheese is melted. Add the bacon and cooked noodles.
Both ways are ready to eat at this point or you can bake it in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown on top. You can also top it with more cheese, bread crumbs, crushed saltines or ritz-type crackers that have been mixed with 1 Tbsp. melted butter or olive oil. I am usually to excited to eat it, to do a topping.