What is better than a piping hot bowl of uber creamy shells and cheese?
I don’t know, maybe this:
Ok but really, 😉 I know you want more mac ‘n’ cheese goodness so here we go.
This past weekend we celebrated my husband’s birthday. It was a bit early because he will be on a temporary assignment abroad for the actual day. 😦 So to make this ‘early’ birthday special I wanted to make one of his favorite dinners and I knew this dish would make him happy. This recipe is really easy, customizable and done on the stove top, so you don’t have any excuses not to try it for your next special occasion!
Choose your favorite pasta
Season the cheesy sauce well (fresh ground pepper!)
Combine the pasta and cheese and you are ready to eat. Seriously. Straight from the stove top to your
mouth bowl. 🙂
This is so smooth and creamy and rich, it is AMAZING.
If you want, I couldn’t resist, sprinkle some extra cheese on top and throw in the oven to make the top bubbly and browned.
Please, try this recipe. There is cheese out there in this world waiting to be eaten!
Ultra Creamy Stove Top Mac ‘n’ Cheese
- 4 cups dried pasta (I used shells)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups milk (I used Lactaid and it worked well)
- 26 ounces shredded cheese* (I used colby jack)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground mustard
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 heaping tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper at minimum
- Optional: Use whatever spices you like, chili powder could be good
Cook pasta according to package instructions, but reduce cooking time by about 2 minutes. You want the pasta to have some bite to it. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. This will thicken up as you go and form the base of the cheese mixture. Next, pour in your milk and add the spices, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens more.
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Temper the eggs by slowly stirring in a 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture into the eggs. Whisk the warmed eggs into the milk mixture until combined.
Now start adding in the cheese, whisking constantly until the cheese is incorporated and the sauce is smooth. Contain your excitement, you’re almost done :-). Toss the pasta with the cheese sauce, serve and devour. OR- you can sprinkle some extra cheese on top and bake for 20 min in a 350 oven to get a yummy, bubbly brown top.
*Note, buy a 1 pound block of cheese (32 oz.) and leave off about 1/3 of it. Or use all of it, I won’t judge. 😉