Pho - Vietnamese Soup

Pho - Vietnamese Soup
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Monday, March 15, 2010

The Best Macaroni and Cheese Ever

I've been searching high and low for the perfect mac and cheese recipe and I think I've finally found it. This might be the ultimate comfort food for me and for one of my dearest friends, Marea as well...especially when we were in kindergarten and it's definitely better minus the crayons. =) I love and cherish you, my precious friend...This recipe is for you!

The top picture is My Mom and me with our dear, sweet friends, Mary and Marea Lange.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.

Love Always,

1 comment:

  1. Kelly you are making this compete with Aunt Bette's Fabulous Macaroni and Cheese. I've looked at the two and am not sure which one to go with. Oh well, maybe I'll try both!