Cook time: 40 minutes
My daughter's favorite foods in life include apple cinnamon cheerios, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken nuggets, and Kraft Dinner. So on her actual day of birth, I set out to make some homemade mac n' cheese that would rival KD. A lofty quest, I know.
As many of you can attest, the best place to go to get the good, gooey, full-fat recipes is the The Pioneer Woman. She didn't let me down. She's got several mac n' cheese recipes on her site, and they all sounded perfect. I liked It's Not Your Granny's Mac N' Cheese, because it adds some vegetables to the pasta (I am cooking for kids here), and her Macaroni and Cheese recipe because I am partial to baked pasta dishes. So I combined the two. The result? Really really good. Your arteries may not thank-you, but your taste buds will. Cheesy, moist, buttery, sticky...
What you'll need:
- 4 C macaroni
- 1/4 red onion, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 C frozen corn
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- olive oil
- 1 whole egg, beaten
- 1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter
- 1/4 C all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 C whole milk
- 2 heaping tsp dry mustard
- 1 lb cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot, boil pasta until very firm (I cooked mine for ~6 minutes). Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, add olive oil and saute onion, bell pepper, garlic and corn over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Set aside.
In a small bowl, beat egg.
In a large pot (really large), melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over low heat. Cook for five minutes, whisking constantly.
Pour in milk, add mustard, and whisk until smooth. Cook for five minutes until thick. Reduce heat. Take 1/4 C of the sauce and slowly pour it into the beaten egg, whisking constantly. Whisk together until smooth.
Pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.
Add cheese, and stir to melt.
Add salt, pepper and seasoning salt.
Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine.
Pour pasta into a buttered baking dish, and top with extra cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top. Serve and enjoy some serious comfort food!