How Do You Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese?


Quick Answer

To make macaroni and cheese, simmer 2 1/2 cups of half and half cream until it is reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Add 1 pound of cream cheese, 8 ounces of cheddar and 3 ounces of Gruyere. Add cooked macaroni noodles and toss them. Other cheeses can be substituted.

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How Do You Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese?
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Macaroni and cheese is generally composed of cream or butter, melted cheese and macaroni noodles. The exact proportions and flavors of the ingredients can easily be adjusted to suit personal tastes. Additionally, other ingredients such as vegetables, spices or meat can be added to the pasta dish to enhance the flavor and texture.

To make another recipe for stovetop macaroni and cheese, cook 1 pound of pasta shells or macaroni noodles in boiling water until they are chewy, which is about 11 minutes. Bring 4 cups of whole milk to a simmer. In a separate pan, melt one stick of unsalted butter, and combine it with 1/2 cup all-purpose flour. Once this mixture is golden brown, remove it from the heat and stir in the warm milk. Put the mixture over heat again, and stir until it begins to thicken. Add 3 cups of shredded cheddar and 1 cup of shredded Parmesan, and stir until the food is melted and well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add the cooked pasta and toss to coat.

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