Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This is our favorite Mac n Cheese and so much better than the box.  I wish I had a picture and perhaps I can get one soon!  Enjoy!  This is a GF recipe but can be changed out to be non-GF.  Great as a main dish or a side.

This serves 3-4 but can easily be doubled since I cut it in half in the first place.

1/4 pound elbow macaroni (my favorite is GF Quiona)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons flour (your favorite blend)
1 1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard
1 1/2 cup raw milk
1/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 small egg
6 ounces cheddar, shredded
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
fresh black pepper

Cook pasta according to directions.

Melt butter in sauce pan.  Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes.  Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf and paprika.  Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper the egg.  Stir in 3/4 of the cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 1-quart casserole dish.  Top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

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