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Saturday, September 17, 2011

I. Love. Cheese.

Admittedly not the healthiest dish on the planet... but certainly better than the stuff in the little blue box. This is my recipe for Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

Cook 17-18 oz of medium sized pasta according to the directions. Set aside.

Chop up a package of smoked sausage or polish sausage or bratwurst (whatever you like--or you can leave this part out if you want a meatless meal).

Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and add 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/2 to 1 tsp of ground mustard. Stir up until well mixed and smooth. Then slowly add 2 1/2 cups of milk, stirring as you pour so you can avoid lumps. Once that is all stirred together, turn the heat back on and bring it to a boil--stirring the whole time. Boil this until it is thick, about one minute. Turn off the heat and stir in 2 cups of SHARP cheddar cheese. For added fun, I also stirred in about a cup of pureed cauliflower. Sshh, don't tell my family!!!

Dump everything together in the saucepan, mix it up and pour into a casserole dish. I topped mine with a little breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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