My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

mmmmm . . . Mac and Cheese!

Furthering my love for all things orange, I made mac and cheese this weekend. Here’s what I did.

I assembled the ingredients.

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2 cups (8 oz) elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cups milk (I use 2% milk)
2 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I use 2%)
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions until al dente and drain. Set aside.

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Make a bechamel sauce:
In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over high heat. When just melted, dump in the flour and blend well with a wire whisk to make a roux. Cook for a minute or two over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the milk. Add the spices and cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat until the sauce thickens.

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Reduce the heat to low and stir in all but 1/4 cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.

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Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

Pour the mixture into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Top with the reserved cheddar cheese and the parmesan cheese.

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Bake in a 375-degree oven for about half an hour.

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Enjoy!

There are many variations you can employ in the making of the mac and cheese, but this is my favorite. The cayenne pepper and dry mustard add a nice little “bite” to it. Zesty!

Speaking of orange, I am on the edging of my shawl. Excitement abounds!

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See?

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Lucy is the personification of excitement!

Comments

  1. I love that you used a lactose free milk…I so miss this treat because I have to be careful with the old milk…

    Great to see this…YUM!

  2. knittygirl says:

    Drool. Can’t wait to make some!:-)

  3. Yum! I love ‘real’ mac and cheese. My recipe is similar except instead of cayenne and mustard, I use cayenne and a touch of nutmeg (it’s a James Beard recipe). As soon as it cools off around here I’m going to have to make some!

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  4. I love to do homemade mac n’ cheese, but I use (horrors!) canned cream of mushroom soup instead of making a white sauce. I used to use hand-grated cheese but now I buy it already shredded, if I can find it sharp enough!
    Now I need to learn how to make it for two instead of 12. That’s the hard part!

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  5. Lucy is so excited she’s fainted!

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  6. Marion, I think Lucy’s just full of mac and cheese and is having a nap. Might be excitement though.

    Shawl is beautiful. Colorway is very interesting in the way that it lightens very much as sky does when sun rises. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. do you believe that just a half hour ago I was takin’ stock of the over abundance of cheese in my fridge and thinkin’ about mac and cheese! I might just try this version later. of course, that means I’ll have to go to the store for milk. ::sigh:: Maybe tomorrow.

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  8. Hmmm…the color of the shawl looks suspiciously like the mac ‘n’ cheese. Is it the fate of bad shawls to be baked at 375 for 30 minutes?

    :)

  9. mmm, homemade mac and cheese is the best!

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  10. Thank you so much for this mac& cheese recipe with the extra kick. I think it suits your personality – wholesome with just enough spice to make it interesting.

    I’ll think I’ll have to make some when it isn’t ninety degrees.

  11. That sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I’m looking at the similarity between the finished mac ‘n cheese (yum! Do want!) and the shawl… I think we’re going to henceforth have to call the pattern and color combination the Mac ‘n Cheese Shawl.

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  13. Druanna (infinityexplorer) says:

    Ohhhhh Myyyyyy that mac n’ cheese looks yummy! I am definitely going to try the recipe out.

    The shawl is lookin’ great too… almost done!

  14. Yummy! (both the shawl AND mac/cheese). Fall is in the air in Central PA and Mac and Cheese (especially your recipe) is a good idea for dinner on a chilly evening. Your shawl, as always, is gorgeous!

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  15. I must keep my husband from your blog or he will insist I make him some Mac and Cheese and be a good wife.

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  16. That Mac and Cheese looks so good! Brings back a lot of happy memories of my mom making it. Sorry to say that my kids preferred the box kind :-)

  17. Thank you so much for the Mac & Cheese recipe! I am always on the lookout for variations of my favorite comfort food! Nancy, I’m sorry to say that my son prefers the box kind,too – must be the lack of refined taste buds at that age!

    The shawl is gorgeous! I love the way the colors deepen and brighten – it too reminds me of a beautiful sunset. Thank you for sharing it and the recipe!

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  18. How funny, I made homemade mac & cheese yesterday as well! It’s one of the best comfort foods I’ve ever found.

  19. How funny! I made homemade mac ‘n’ cheese on Friday. Fall is in the air. I put nutmeg in mine, but now that I read Rachel’s comment, I may have to also add cayenne! My kids would love that.

    Shawl looks great, and so does Lucy, jumping for joy…

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  20. Mac ‘n’ cheese, mmmmm. I even love Kraft’s.

  21. What a yummy meal! BTW, I love your blog so much that I have a little something for you over on mine.

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  22. Leslieileen says:

    I hate to nag, Wendy, but weren’t you supposed to “take it easy” with the knitting? You’re on the edging and you just started a few days ago. I know you knit a lot faster than I (or most mortals) but I don’t want you to exacerbate your condition. End of caring lecture.

    Mac and cheese looks good – we love it with a bite :)

  23. technikat says:

    That’s some fast knitting on that shawl!
    And you had time to cook too ;-) Sounds like a tasty mac n cheese.

  24. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds and looks yummy! Love the color of the shawl, btw!

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  25. That sounds like a great receipe will have to try it. Would you believe we had mac and cheese last night for dinner. Fall is in the air, and that is my favorite comfort food. Shawl is beautiful. Thanks for sharing receipe.

  26. Must be in the air. My daughter requested the boxed kind for lunch today! She also likes the baked mac n cheese and will request a bowl once the sauce is made pre-baking.
    Love your mac n cheese shawl because that is what it looks like in its unblocked state.

  27. Teresa (NC) says:

    YUM!! Must make some tomorrow.
    Beautiful shawl and I can tell Lucy loves it by her excited posture.

  28. Katherine says:

    I have saved your recipe, even though the only difference from mine is the cayenne pepper and dry mustard. It just sounds so good!
    I love your shawl.

  29. Thatlooks absolutely yummy!! I am going to try that tomorrow!! Thanks for the recepe!! Lucy is wonderful as usual!! Have a pieceful Monday!!!

  30. So did the shawl inspire the mac & cheese? in the pics, they look very similar in color…lol. I love a good homemade mac & cheese. Might have to add that to the menu this week!

  31. The shawl look gorgeous. I dearly wish I could knit that fast!
    The recipe looks good, thanks for sharing. Did Lucy get any cheddar cheese while you were cooking? Our kitty prefers Swiss.

  32. I think I’ll try this recipe out tomorrow! We seem to have switched into Fall mode pretty quickly here in the Northwest and mac-n-cheese would hit the spot. A couple years ago my Mom made homemade mac-n-cheese for my niece & nephew who….didn’t really like it. They wanted “real” macaroni – the kind that comes out of the blue & yellow box. :-( They also seem to think that frosting that comes out of a can is an actual food substance too. Yuuuuuuuk!

    Lucy looks like she’s going into Fall mode too! It’s a cozy time to be a cat :-)

  33. Theresa in Italy says:

    Mmmm, mac ‘n cheese. That’s exactly the way my mom used to make it for us, even down to the dry mustard and cayenne pepper. Yummy! Oh, and I like the shawl, too!

  34. Yummy! I adore homemade mac n cheese, but my husband is a dyed in the wool box guy. Sigh…

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  35. Thank you for posting your recipe! There is nothing better than comfort food, although the Drs and dieticians may disagree. ahhh, this will be on the table this week!

    Amazing that the orange colors are so similar. And both are yummy! This is so not far.

  36. There’s nothing like home made mac & cheese.

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  37. Ummm…YUM! I’ll have to whip that up on the first rainy dall of the fall…ultimate comfort food!

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  38. Medievalneedle says:

    I gave your blog an award (which is probably 9 million and one now for you). Details are in my blog.

  39. Hi Wendy!

    When I saw your recipe, I knew what I wanted for lunch. I just took our pan out of the oven – smells divine! Thanks for the recipe, I’ve gotten it written down so I can make it again in the near future…