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You Can Make Your Favorite Microwave Mac N' Cheese Without All The Preservatives
We wouldn't be surprised if microwaveable food was the staple of everyone's diet for at least some period of time during their life. Frankly, we're still sometimes suckers for microwaveable food — particularly if it's Stouffer's Microwavable Mac and Cheese.
There's something particularly wonderful about Stouffer's cheesy goodness. It's just the right amount of rich creaminess and so perfect that Jacqueline from Go Go Go Gourmet food blog wanted to recreate it from scratch.
She describes her Copycat Stouffer's Mac and Cheese recipe as "a good, creamy mac and cheese." She adds, "Its [sic] up to you if you want to bake it or not, really. Baking it definitely does soak up some more of the cheese sauce, but some people really NEED that cheesy crust on top." (We think we're part of those aforementioned "some people.")
Here's how you can make this recipe at home.
Boil a large pot of salted water, then cook 1 pound elbow macaroni according to the instructions and drain.
Use a large saucepan to melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter over medium heat, then toss in ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons (or just 6 tablespoons) of flour.
Whisk together well and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the taste of raw flour has disappeared.
Slowly whisk in 5 cups whole milk and keep whisking until everything is smooth.
Simmer until the mixture has slightly thickened, but keep whisking during this process to ensure none of it burns on the bottom!
Then, add in the cheese — 1 ½ pound (or 5 cup) shredded sharp cheddar and ½ pound (or 9 slices) American cheese — one handful at a time. Whisk in between handfuls so everything melts evenly.
Taste and season with salt and pepper as you desire.
When you're satisfied, add in the drained pasta and mix well.
If you're planning on baking it, now's the time to dump everything into a 9" x 13" baking dish. Pop it into the oven and bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes, until you have the cheese crust of your dreams.
If you're not baking it, then just serve and enjoy!
You can find the original recipe here.
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