Macaroni and Cheese (The Pioneer Woman) - The Crafty Working Mom | The Crafty Working Mom

The Crafty Working Mom

The life of a working crafty mom

Macaroni and Cheese (The Pioneer Woman) July 11, 2012

Filed under: — admin @ 1:12 pm

Macaroni and Cheese (The Pioneer Woman)

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Website Food Network (The Pioneer Woman)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dried macaroni
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard (heaping)
  • 1lb sharp Cheddar, grated (not pre-grated cheese), plus more for baking
  • salt
  • Seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional

  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • thyme

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2
Cook the macaroni until still slightly firm. Drain and set aside.
Step 3
In a small bowl, beat the egg. In a large pot, melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook for a couple of minutes, whisking constantly. Don't let it burn. Pour in the milk, add the mustard and whisk until smooth. Cook until very thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low.
Step 4
Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into the beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking the eggs. Whisk together until smooth. Pour the egg into the sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth. Add in the cheese and stir to melt. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt and the pepper. Add any additional spices if desired. Taste the sauce and add more salt and seasoned salt as needed! DO NOT UNDERSALT.
Step 5
Pour in the drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Serve immediately (while it's still very creamy) or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese and bake until bubbly and golden on top, 20 to 25 minutes.