The Quest for Homemade Mac and Cheese

I don't know about you but I LOVE mac and cheese. My son inherited that gene which is awesome for me because it is a lunch time favorite! When we go to a new restaurant and they have an adult version of mac and cheese, there is a good chance I will try it. However, knowing what I know now about the blue box, I've had to make some changes to how we serve this dish. 

Have you scoured Pinterest looking for the perfect dish? I know I have but nothing ever turns out! The cheese never really melts, there isn't any flavor, or it requires baking time with it. I just want something quick and easy!

About a month ago, we were having a play date at a friends house and my friend (the mom) whipped up this enormous and delicious batch of mac and cheese! She's a great cook so I was asking questions how she did it and of course she "doesn't measure and just throw things together". Why do all the good cooks respond that way?? :) 

She said she just makes a roux, adds milk accordingly, shreds her own cheese, boils some noodles, and throws it all together. I mean, I sat and watched this entire process too but thought, "Yeah right. I will mess this up for sure!!!" 

Here's what I did. 

Bought a brick of cheese. I selected Ultra Sharp Cheddar that didn't have any artificial colors in it. I didn't go as expensive as I normally would have because I didn't want to waste anything for if (and when) I messed this up!  

Bought the cavatappi noodles (because that's what my friend used). 

Researched the heck out of "how to make a roux".  All articles just said equal parts butter to flour. Add milk until desired thickness. I didn't believe them. So I googled some more but received the same answer every time. I guess we are doing this then... 

My "recipe"

  1. Shred a bunch of cheese.
  2. Boil three handfuls of cavatappi noodles and set them aside.
  3. Melt two tablespoons of butter and mix in two tablespoons of flour. (That's where that equal part comes in). 
  4. Whisk in milk gradually until a desired thickness. 
  5. Add cheese gradually until all is melted.
  6. Mix in noodles. 
  7. Stuff your face

Ok, that last one was just me but I was so impressed with myself how easy it was and how we gobbled it up. We were in a pinch for dinner last so normally this would be a side dish for us but it worked. It actually worked. No baking necessary. Everything melted lovely. Now I know I can splurge on cheese for next time.