The ultimate comfort food, a dish of Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese is sure to please even the most temperamental at your table. Utterly delicious and relaxing.

Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 4
  • 10 ounces small elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 1/2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups grated Crowley* or Cheddar cheese; (see note)
  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add macaroni, lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. While macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Whisk flour into butter; continue to cook, whisking constantly, until mixture reaches the consistency of a thick paste, about 2 minutes.
  3. Raise heat to medium, add milk and continue to cook, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add grated cheese; stir with a wooden spoon until cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir drained macaroni into cheese sauce; serve.
  5. Yields 4 servings.
From "Cheese Primer" by Steve Jenkins (Workman Publishing, $16.95), a 548-page encyclopedia of cheese, a "labor of love" that took him eight years to write.

Note: Jenkins says Crowley cheese is neither a Colby nor a Cheddar, "occupying a delicious spot somewhere in between." You may order Crowley cheese by calling the Crowley Cheese Co. in Healdville, Vt., at (800) 683-2606 or (802) 259-2340.

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