Although I'm enjoying the cooler weather, it's almost depressing. Depressing because I know it means winter is just around the corner. I'm no fan of winter. I don't like the cold, and the snow is even worse. On the bright side, I can use my oven to bake up a storm of fallish goodies and comfort foods. And hot chocolate season is here. I guess that makes up for the approaching winter.
I loved this Baked Macaroni and Cheese! I loved the flavor the garlic gave it and the simple ingredients it has. The family ate it really well and loved the topping. My little 6 year old was less than happy that it wasn't macaroni and cheese out of the blue box, but devoured every last bite. I think that's a good sign.
1 (12 ounce) box macaroni (or other pasta of choice), cooked according to package directions and drained
3 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
12 round buttery crackers (like Ritz), crushed
Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low and add flour. Stir to make a paste and cook for 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk, whisking constantly. Increase heat back to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Slowly add 3 cups of the cheese and whisk until melted and smooth. Stir in the cooked macaroni and mix until well combined. Add 1 cup of cheese and stir until just combined. Pour into a greased 9x9 inch pan. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese and sprinkle with cracker crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
Recipe from The Royal Cook - an original!