Sometimes you just need cheesy, gooey, comfort food. And in my opinion, the blue box stuff doesn't deliver.
This yummy stuff is based on Alton Brown's recipe. And Alton Brown knows his stuff!
And sorry I don't have a better picture. Each time I make it, we dive in too fast to get a great picture.
Its really important to not buy preshredded cheese for this.
Baked Mac and Cheese
1/2 pound pasta
3 tbsp butter
1 onion, fine diced
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp powdered mustard
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 cups milk
1 bay leaf
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
8 oz fresh grated sharp cheddar
4-6 oz fresh grated gouda cheese
2 tbsp melted butter
2/3rd cup panko crumbs
Preheat oven to 375
Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium. Add onion and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in flour, mustard, and garlic, and cook 3 more minutes, stirring constantly
Whisk in milk, paprika, turmeric, and S&P. Add the bay leaf and simmer 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
Remove pot from heat, stir in cheese, and then stir in pasta. Pour into sprayed casserole dish.
Mix the melted butter and bread crumbs well, and sprinkle on top of the pasta.
Cook 25-30 minutes.