This is an easy, straight-forward, classic Macaroni and Cheese recipe. There’s nothing fancy about it, even though for a quick moment I considered using an ‘upscale’ cheese. The thought was quickly dismissed. Don’t get me wrong I love a fancy mac ‘n’ cheese. But sometimes I crave simple satisfaction. This is a mac ‘n’ cheese my mother would make; homey, comforting and totally unpretentious. The kind your kids will love and ask for seconds. And then beg you to make again.
I want to pass on a secret for making the best mac and cheese that I learned from my Mom. Instead of mixing the pasta into the cheese sauce she pours it over top of the pasta right in the pan. I don’t know the science behind it but I can say firsthand that it works for producing an extra creamy pasta sauce. I really love a good, extra sharp cheddar for this. Freshly shredded please, not bagged, because it doesn’t melt as smooth or as creamy.