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Southern Macaroni and Cheese

Deep South Macaroni and Cheese


  • Author: Debbie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Rich and Creamy A True Southern Recipe


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Ingredients

  • 8 oz package elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter (use the real deal here, no margarine as it contains water and you don’t want water in your bechamel)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (i sifted it to get a smoother sauce)
  • 1.5 cups whole milk (room temp)
  • .5 cup cream (i used half and half (room temp))
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese (divided)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used Cabots brand)
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese (I used Cabots brand)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • .5 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground mustard (Coleman’s without a doubt)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare noodles according to package directions. (Do NOT add oil or butter to water. You want the cheese to hug the noodles like a warm sweater not slide off)
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour ; cook, whisking constantly for about 1 minute. (you’re almost making a roux here, but you do not want to brown it)
  4. Gradually whisk in milk and cream; cook, constantly whisking for 3-5 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Stir in cheddar cheeses, 1/2 of the Gruyere cheese and the remaining ingredients until smooth.
  6. Stir in noodles and pour into a lightly greased 11×7 baking dish. Or you can pour into individual 8oz baking dishes.
  7. Place onto a jelly roll pan then top with remaining Gruyere cheese.
  8. Bake @350 degrees fro 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. A sprinkle of paprika on top just before removing from oven gives a beautiful color.

Notes

Couple of things.. you ‘can’ use Swiss cheese in place of the Gruyere. I prefer it to Swiss because it melts like butter and is super smooth. Its a little pricy though. I always place casseroles on a jelly roll pan because they tend to bubble out and make a mess of the oven. Its not an absolute necessity just a help.