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{June 2, 2010}   Macaroni and Cheese Please

I’ve tried so many different recipes for mac n cheese, but haven’t like any of them until this one…  unfortunately the internet print-out didn’t give me any sort of reference for where the recipe came from, so my apologies go out for not giving proper credit.  I wish I could say I invented this myself, but that’d be a big whopper!  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb macaroni
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of AP flour
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 10 ounces finely shredded or grated cheese (I used colby jack mix and then sprinkled cheddar on the top)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to the package’s directions.
  3. While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan.  Once melted, whisk in the flour.  Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in the milk to the white sauce a little at a time, fully incorporating before adding more.  When all the milk has been added, cook on medium heat for a few minutes until it has noticeably thickened.  Remove from heat.
  5. When the macaroni has finished cooking, drain it and pour into a large mixing bowl.  Add the white sauce on top and stir well.
  6. Stir in the ricotta and half the grated cheese.  Generously season with salt (mine needed a lot of salt) and pepper.  Make sure you taste it to be certain it is properly seasoned.
  7. Pour into a buttered 9×13 inch pan.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and put in the oven.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes.  If desired, put it under the broiler for a few minutes to get a crispy top.

I hate to use the “G” word, but this mac n cheese has a delightfully gritty ricotta texture.  🙂  I like the pretty white color that came from the sauce and the colby jack, but next time I might try using all cheddar to give it more of a kick.

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Tes says:

Macaroni & cheese is an all time family favourite. Thanks for the recipe.



You’re welcome 🙂



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