With Valentines Day in only one more sleep……let’s talk about love….. of food. Is there anyone out there that does not love a good bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese?! I think the national food guide missed something when they put cheese and pasta in two separate categories. These two things are destined to be together. And if Valentines is all about love….. why not show your significant other some love with a gooey cheesy bowl of goodness. What’s not to love about that?! Trade in those empty chocolate and cinnamon heart calories for something that really hits the spot. I always make my macaroni and cheese with shell noodles because they are like little scoops for gathering cheesy delight into every bite. Mmmmm…. enjoy!
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
2 cups milk
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup mozzarella or Monterey jack cheese, grated
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs (optional)
- salt to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a casserole dish. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until el dente.
2. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Blend in the flour, mustard powder, pepper and paprika until smooth. Slowly stir in the milk, beating out any lumps. Add cheeses, and stir constantly until the sauce is thick and smooth.
3. Stir noodles into the cheese sauce. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs (optional)
4. Cover the dish, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until sauce is thick and bubbly.
Life is great. Cheese just makes it better.