While it's most certainly springtime, the winter weather seems to drag on. Cold wet weather has only 2 cures:
Sunny vacations; but when those aren't readily available
Easily everyones' favourite category of food (sorry salad), mac & cheese is a cherished dish of mine. Growing up, I was a very picky eater. And whether it was homemade or boxed, mac & cheese was always there for me as a backup food option. So whether you're looking to make this for yourself or a family of finicky foodies, I'm sure you'll fall in love with this recipe as much as I have!
It's extremely creamy. For years I struggled between a sticky, thick sauce or a runny sauce. But one day last year, I realized how to create the happy medium. And that the secret ingredient to this runny, oozy, sticky but not thick (!) sauce is:
Crazy, I know. But trust me, this recipe will show you the secret way and have your family asking for it every Sunday. Or maybe that's just mine?
Makes 4 portions, gluten-free optional
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup milk (any kind; almond, coconut, whole, 2%, etc)
2 cup shredded cheese (marble or cheddar)
1/2 tsp each, salt and pepper
1/2 cup water
1 package, prepared pasta (gluten-free or regular)
Cook pasta according to directions on box. Do not over cook, as the cheese will slightly absorb into the pasta if you have leftovers. And you'll be left with gummy or peicey pasta for lunch the next day. Drain and set aside.
Next, return to the stove and set element on medium. Melt butter in medium sized saucepan.
Once melted, whisk in the cornstarch. This is the base of your roux.
Add milk slowly, whisking constantly. The mixture may become very thick, very quickly. But don't worry yet!
Add cheese, stirring while it melts into the mixture. Toss in the s&p.
You'll be left with a thick, dense sauce. Stir in water 2 tbsp at a time. You may not need the entire 1/2 cup, but this step is where the magic happens! The sauce will become smooth and creamy.
Add pasta to sauce. Serve and enjoy! Top with additional pepper, if desired.
Do you have a family heirloom mac and cheese recipe? Are you a die-hard boxed mac & cheese fan? Let me know how this recipe measures up in the comments below, or on social.