Classic Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Indulge in the creamy, cheesy goodness of this classic macaroni and cheese recipe. Perfectly balanced flavors and comforting textures make it a beloved dish for all occasions.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional, for garnish)
  • Chopped parsley (optional, for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in the flour to create a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth and bubbly.
  3. Gradually pour in the milk while whisking continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and gradually stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted and smooth. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until well combined and heated through.
  6. Serve the macaroni and cheese hot, garnished with a sprinkle of paprika and chopped parsley if desired.
  7. Enjoy this creamy, comforting dish as a side or main course.

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