Mac and Cheese

October 9, 2013 / By Foodland

Mac and Cheese

Creamy homemade Mac and Cheese that's easy-to-follow and very delicious!
Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Servings 6 Servings


  • 0.5 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 0.25 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 0.5 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded plus extra for garnish
  • 6 ounces gruyere, shredded
  • 1 ounce freshly grated parmesan plus extra for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • Chopped Bacon Bits (optional)
  • Fresh diced tomatoes (optional)


  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta until it is just past al dente. Approximately 10 minutes.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Lightly sweat the onions and garlic for 2 minutes. Whisk in the flour keep stirring for about five minutes. Control the heat so the flour does not brown.
  3. Stir in the milk, bay leaf, and paprika. Bring to a boil and simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
  4. Stir in the cheese and dijon. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. When all the cheese is melted, serve.
  6. If you are serving family style, garnish the platter with extra cheddar and parmesan. You can also elevate the dish with diced tomatoes, chopped bacon bits, or ham, or even lobster and crab meat.
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