If there's one thing I always have on hand, it's pasta and cheese. So, this recipe always makes for a quick and tasty meal that my whole family loves! I recently found the pasta noodles pictured in this recipe at Smith's. They are called Italian Trottole. And they are on sale for $0.79 each this week at the Private Selection, Buy 4, Save $4!
In my opinion, they are the BEST pasta for mac & cheese. But of course, you can use any pasta you like. This recipe is simple, but one thing you have to learn is how to make a rue. Rue is just melted butter, with flour whisked into it. Some people add salt to the mixture as well, and some don't. I personally add my salt afterwards, just so I don't make it like a salt lick!
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
1 lb. bag or box of pasta (I used Italian Trottole for this particular recipe)
4 Tbs. Salted Butter
4 Tbs. Flour
1 1/2-2 Cups Milk (Whole or 2%)
1 1/2-2 Cups Shredded Cheese (I used Kroger brand, Mild Cheddar Jack)
Salt to taste
Cook the pasta as said on package and set aside. I usually always stir in olive oil in my pasta after it cooks, just so it doesn't stick together. For the sauce, melt 4 Tbs. of butter in a stainless steel skillet on medium heat. Do not let it burn. When the butter is melted, add 4 tbs. of flour and briskly stir it in with a whisk, until the mixture is combined and bubbly. Quickly add 1 cup of milk. Stir briskly with a whisk until it starts to thicken, being careful to not let it burn. Add little bits of milk until it is the consistency you want. Take it off the heat, but keep the burner on. Stir in the shredded cheese. This will thicken it more. Put back on the heat and finish melting the cheese. Add milk to get it the consistency you want. Then, add salt to your liking and taste. I think I use around a teaspoon of salt. Maybe more? I then stir in the pasta (not usually the whole 1 lb.), or I just spoon over the pasta on individual plates. This is what it looks like when it's done. Yummy!
Just a note, this is also how I make my Alfredo sauce. I just substitute cheddar cheese, for Parmesan. I use about 8 oz. of Parmesan. You can also use pepper-jack cheese. That is super yummy too!
Hope your family loves it!