Creamy Mac ‘n Cheese

This is the ultimate creamy mac ‘n cheese. I don’t mess around about this glorious food item, so believe me when I tell you to look no further. I’m a true mac ‘n cheese snob so I wouldn’t put this out there if I didn’t truly think you’d love it too. If you like Panera’s version, this will be right up your alley! Plus, it’s a one pot stop and can be made in under 30 minutes – so a win all around. This will serve 4-6 people as a side dish (approximately one cup per serving) or 2-3 people as a main dish.

Okay enough talking, let’s get cookin’!

Ingredients

  • 2 cup macaroni (or your preferred pasta)
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (usually same as whole block)
  • 2 cup Colby and Monterey Jack shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (less if you’re not crazy about pepper).

What You’ll Need

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni according to instructions on box (you can use the same pot for the sauce too if you’re not in a rush and want to save dishes). Drain in colander and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in the pot over medium heat.
  3. Add flour and whisk until it emits a nutty fragrance (about 2-3 minutes).
  4. Pour in milk. Let it get frothy and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Check it and stir frequently so the milk doesn’t burn.
  5. Add cream cheese and shredded cheese slowly until melted, whisking after each addition.
  6. Pour in cooked macaroni.
  7. Add salt and pepper.

Enjoy friends, see ya next time!

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