Now I do confess that most times I use the boxed macaroni and cheese because:
- it’s cheap
- it’s easy
- I’m too tired to make the real deal
However, I do try to make this recipe every so often and on special occasions and/or holidays. You can add a little ham or meat to make this a hearty main dish!
Grandma’s Mac N Cheese
- I box of elbow noodles, cooked according to directions on the box
- 1/2 stick butter or margarine
- 1/4 c. flour
- 3 c. milk
- 1 t. dry mustard (can substitute prepared mustard)
- 1 t. garlic salt
- 1 t. seasoned salt
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 2 c. shredded cheddar or cheddar blend
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/2- 1 c. parmesan
- sliced tomato, optional
Melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Cook 1-2 minutes and then whisk in the milk. Cook until mixture thickens slightly, stirring frequently.
Whisk in the seasonings (mustard through pepper) and simmer over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
Stir in the cheeses until melted. Remove from heat.
Carefully add the cooked macaroni to the sauce and stir until coated.
Sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese if desired.
You could also transfer this to a greased 9×13 pan and top with sliced tomatoes.
Place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until lightly browned, if desired.