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Sunday night dinners: Creamy mac ‘n cheese


What you need: 

1 cup Havarti cheese, shredded

2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup Gouda cheese, shredded

4 cups dry macaroni

1/2 stick of butter (4 tablespoons)

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 1/2 cups low fat milk

1 teaspoon salt or to taste

2 heaping teaspoons dried mustard

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon Paprika or to taste

What you do:

1. Cook the macaroni until still slightly firm. Drain and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, beat the egg. In a large pot, melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook for a couple of minutes, whisking constantly. Don’t let it burn.

3. Pour in the milk, add the mustard and whisk until smooth. Cook until very thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low.

4. Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into the beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking the eggs. Whisk together until smooth.

5. Pour the egg into the sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.

6. Add in the cheese and stir to melt. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt and the pepper. Add any additional spices if desired. Taste the sauce and add more salt as needed! DO NOT UNDERSALT.

7. Pour in the drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Serve immediately (while it’s still very creamy) or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese and bake until bubbly and golden on top, 20 to 25 minutes.

Adapted from Ree Drummond’s Macaroni and Cheese recipe 

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