Nothing that comes out of a box will compare to Mr. Food's comforting recipe for Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese. The little bit of extra effort to do it ourselves will reap such a big pay-off, it's worth every moment!
Cooking Time: 45 min
1 pound elbow macaroni
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups milk
4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed saltine crackers
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large pot, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, salt, and pepper; mix well. Gradually add milk, bring to a boil, and cook until smooth and thickened, stirring constantly.
Add Cheddar cheese and continue stirring until melted. Pour macaroni back into the pot. Add three-fourths of the cheese sauce; mix well.
Spoon macaroni into baking dish and pour remaining cheese sauce evenly over top.
In a medium bowl, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in microwave. Stir in crushed crackers; mix until crumbs are evenly coated. Sprinkle evenly over top of macaroni. Bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes, or until heated through.
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