Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quick Eats: Baked Mac and Cheese


  • Box of your favorite Pasta
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • Cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Half an Onion Diced
  • Shredded Chicken or Bacon
  • Bread Crumbs

Bring it together

Prep the Pasta: Fill a 2-3 quart pot 2/3's the way full with water. Season the water generously with salt, its really hard to put too much salt, and a splash of oil. Bring it to a boil and cook your pasta according to the directions on the package it came on. After the cooking time is over strain and set aside.

Make the Sauce: Start by making your roux. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once melted add your flour and stir making sure to incorporate all flour in to the butter. Lower the heat to medium and stir until the roux has a nice golden hue and a nutty smell. If it smells burnt, then the pan was too hot and you need to start again. Mix the Milk and Egg in a bowl until frothy. After your roux is ready reduce the heat to low and slowly add the milk and egg mixture. Make sure to stir constantly to prevent the egg from scrambling. Once that is incorporated add the cheese and once again stir until mixed.

Finish it: To an ungreased casserole dish add your pasta, cheese sauce, and fold in the chicken or bacon crumbles. Spread it evenly in the dish and top with bread crumbs. Spray the top of the bread crumbs with spray oil to ensure they get nice and crispy while cooking. Cook at 350F for 20-30 minutes.

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