This mac 'n cheese is the Mac Daddy. It's so easy to make and so much better, homemade, you will never want to buy — or eat — boxed mac 'n cheese again. The secret to easy homemade mac 'n cheese is using a dutch oven. With the dutch oven there's no need to transfer the cheesy macaroni into an oven-safe pan before baking, you just take it from the stove top straight to the oven. I own the Foodnetwork dutch oven and I love it. I didn't know if I was going to use it that much but it's very versatile, you can fry in it, make casseroles, popcorn and even bake bread in it! It's pretty awesome so if you don't own one, I highly recommend making the investment. Actually the Foodnetwork brand is very affordable compared to other brands like Le Creuset. Alright then, here's the recipe for some good ol' country style homemade mac 'n cheese:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 cups milk
8 oz. white american or Velveeta cheese, cut into strips
4 oz. monterey jack cheese, cubed
1 lb cavatappi (spiral macaroni), cooked
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Pepper to taste
1. Heat oven to 350°.
2. In a dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour; continually stir and cook for 3 mins. Gradually stir in milk and bring to boil; cook and stir until thick. Add american cheese and pepper jack cheese; stir and cook until thoroughly melted. Remove from heat and fold in cooked macaroni.
3. Top with cheddar cheese then move into the oven. Bake for 20 mins, uncovered.
Things you'll need to make this: