Sunday, August 25, 2013

Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese

My Mom's Old Fashioned Baked Mac & Cheese

1/2 pound of elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)
1/2 of a medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of butter...
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
2-1/2 cups of milk
6 ounces of Velveeta cheese, cubed
6 ounces of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Crushed saltine crackers
Butter, cut up into thin slices


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray; set aside. Cook the elbow macaroni in very generously salted boiling water according to lowest recommended time on package directions. Drain, rinse with hot water & set aside.

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the onion and saute until soft. Stir in the flour and cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes to cook it through; slowly add in the milk, stirring constantly until fully incorporated. Add the Velveeta. Stir over a medium low heat until blended. Add the shredded cheddar and stir until well blended. Add the macaroni to the saucepan and stir.

Pour into the prepared casserole and sprinkle with crushed saltines. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, adding the slices of butter scattered over the top of the saltines the last 15 minutes of baking. Remove and let set for 5 minutes before serving.

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