Back to Basics Macaroni and Cheese

When my children were little, I found a recipe for macaroni and cheese on the back of the Creamettes box.  This was the recipe I made for years and years.  I recently made it again instead of the recipe I’ve made for the last 10 years (Judy’s Creamy and Delicious Macaroni and Cheese), and I discovered that I may like it more because it seems a little less rich.  It’s basically the same as my current recipe except that it has much less cheese.

  • 2 cups elbows (I like Creamettes) (about 1/2 of 1 lb. box)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • scant 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 10 oz. Land o’Lakes yellow American cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk 

Melt butter in saucepan.  Add flour, salt, and pepper.  Whisk over medium heat for about 2 minutes.  Add milk gradually.  Whisk over medium heat for about 10 minutes till starts to thicken a little, but not too much.  Add in the cheese.

Cook pasta in boiling water till just cooked- not overcooked.  Drain in colander.  Butter a casserole dish.  Pour sauce into casserole.  Pour the macaroni noodles in and mix together till noodles are evenly coated with the sauce.

Cook at 375 degrees for about an hour till the cheese starts to rise to top and brown and the edges start to get brown and crusty looking.

Thanksgiving 2011

This year I had Thanksgiving at home, which was great.  In attendance were my daughter and her family, my daughter’s in laws, my mother, my mother’s best friend and a absolute love of my family, Adele Hochheiser, my son Benji (home from his student teaching in New Hampshire), my son Danny, and my brother and his family.  My daughter didn’t think I’d be able to fit everyone in my home- or the trailer as we call it.  But we fit, and it was great.  This was my grandson Ezra’s first Thanksgiving, and he was as cute as can be.  I think he liked the macaroni and cheese the best.  Oh, he had his first cookie- one of the oatmeal cookies. 

The menu:

brisket, turkey, stuffing, corn pudding, mashed potatoes, brenta, asparagus, coleslaw, homemade cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese casserole, homemade chocolate chip cookies, homemade oatmeal cookies, Judy’s birthday cake, apple-cranberry pie. 

 Everything was made by me except for the turkey which my son in law’s mother and step father brought. 

The food was truly delicious!  The brisket was incredible!!! The huge macaroni and cheese totally went as did every chocolate chip cookie.  The following recipes can be found on this site:

brisket, macaroni and cheese, corn pudding, my grandma’s brenta (Jewish hash browns), birthday cake (vanilla sheet cake with chocolate icing- incomparable!!!!, mashed potatoes, my grandma’s stuffing

For the cranberry sauce, I used 2 bags of Ocean Spray cranberries, and I followed the recipe on the bag.  For the cole slaw, I used 2 bags of Dole coleslaw, and I followed the recipe on their site.  For the pie, I basically adapted Ina Garten’s apple pie recipe adding 1 cup of cranberries.