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Pioneer Woman's Macaroni and Cheese

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Ok, here'a cheesy picture of me modeling the collar and cuffs I made out of a man's shirt. I thought they were fun. I found the directions for them over at Disney's blog, Ruffles and Stuff.

Now here is something else cheesy! This is Pioneer Woman's recipe for macaroni and cheese. I thought Chauncey would have fun making this because he loves the stuff in the box! He was surprised at how easy this was to make. He really liked the part where you add the cheese! I thought it would never work to put the sauce on the macaroni and have it be ok to eat at that point, but the sauce makes the noodles cook just perfect. You could eat it at that point, but we put it in a casserole dish and covered it with cheese and baked it for a little while. It was even better!

Pioneer Woman's Macaroni and Cheese

4 cups Dried Macaroni
¼ cups (1/2 Stick Or 4 Tablespoons) Butter
¼ cups All-purpose Flour
2-½ cups Whole Milk
2 teaspoons (heaping) Dry Mustard, More If Desired
1 whole Egg Beaten
1 pound Cheese, Grated
½ teaspoons Salt, More To Taste
½ teaspoons Seasoned Salt, More To Taste
½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
Optional Spices: Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Thyme

Cook macaroni until very firm. Macaroni should be too firm to eat right out of the pot. Drain.

In a small bowl, beat egg.

In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook mixture for five minutes, whisking constantly. Don?t let it burn.

Pour in milk, add mustard, and whisk until smooth. Cook for five minutes until very thick. Reduce heat to low.

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

Pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.

Add in cheese and stir to melt.

Add salts and pepper. Taste sauce and add more salt and seasoned salt as needed! DO NOT UNDERSALT.

Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine.

Serve immediately (very creamy) or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.




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