Mac and Cheese: Cooking has not been a priority for me for the past few weeks because we suffered a great loss in the family. As meals are an essential part of our daily lives, food is by far the most important nourishment for our body.
Mac and Cheese is a staple food that not only requires great effort but it can easily be done incorrectly and not to say the least not appetizing. What I find very interesting when making Mac and Cheese is the mixture of different cheeses. With this recipe I chose 3 different types of cheeses to arrive at a creamy, smooth and cheesy tart taste.
Gouda one of the choices, in my opinion is not used a lot in Mac and Cheese. Because I usually have Gouda cheese in my refrigerator, and because it is widely used in the Haitian culture, why not use it. By the way not to throw anyone off, if you like smoked Gouda with your macaroni by all means use it, but I think a regular Gouda is exceptional flavorful when mixed with cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.
My recipe may seem a bit too rich but what Mac and Cheese recipe isn’t? The right mixtures of cheeses with the right spices are sure to give you the perfect Mac and Cheese.
Hope you enjoy my Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe.
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 whole garlic crushed
- 1 cup white onion finely diced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups milk evaporated milk preferably
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 3/4 cup Dutch Gouda shredded
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash Seasoning original blend
- Black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepared a baking dish by greasing it with butter or spraying it with Pam and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook uncovered according to packaging directions. Drain well and set aside.
- While macaroni is boiling, in a large skillet melt 1-tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add crushed garlic and onion and sauté until translucent and tender while stirring occasionally about 3 minutes or more. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, melt 1-tablespoon butter over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, Mrs. Dash seasoning, black pepper to taste and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well. Pour mixture in baking dish and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs if preferred.
- Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.