Basic Macaroni Cheese
Provided by: TASTE
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- To make the basic cheese sauce: In a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat, melt the butter, then whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the hot milk and cook, whisking, until thick and smooth. Season to taste. Divide the sauce in half.
- Kids version: 1/2 cup mild Cheddar, plus extra for sprinkling, grated; 2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing. Stir the cheese into the basic cheese sauce and mix in half the macaroni. Turn into 2 or 3 small buttered baking dishes. Sprinkle with more Cheddar, dot with butter and place the dishes onto a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
- Grown-up version: 1/2 cup goat's-milk cheese; 2 tablespoons pecorino; plus extra for sprinkling; grated and 1 cup mushrooms, sliced and sautéed; butter, for greasing. Stir the soft goat's-milk cheese and grated pecorino into the basic cheese sauce and mix in half the macaroni, together with the sautéed mushroom. Turn the mixture into a buttered baking dish and sprinkle with more pecorino. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.