How To Make Macaroni And Cheese

Macaroni and cheese isn’t just for kids anymore. This American classic has evolved indulgent variations that include ingredients like lobster and truffle oil. These grown-up treatments are sure to please the more mature palates. Classic macaroni and cheese is baked as a casserole in the oven, but it can also be prepared on the stovetop. Packaged versions have become popular for busy families, but nothing can beat the flavor of macaroni and cheese from scratch. Classic versions don’t require many ingredients, just macaroni noodles, butter, milk or cream and, of course, cheese. Cheddar is a popular cheese to use in the dish, but the possibilities are endless. You can use gruyere, fontina or even goat cheese. Combining multiple cheeses is also very popular and very tasty. If you are having a difficult time trying to get your kids to eat their vegetables, you can easily sneak some into their mac and cheese, too. In this video, Chef Mark provides an online cooking lesson for making a delicious macaroni and cheese. For more great cooking demonstration videos, subscribe to the LearnToCookOnline YouTube channel.

16 oz Macaroni
4 oz cool water
4 oz cornstarch
1 qt lukewarm water
1 qt whole milk
2 oz Minor’s® Chicken Base (low sodium no MSG)
2 tsp mustard, dried, powdered
1/4 tsp white pepper, ground
16 oz cheddar cheese (sharp or extra sharp, shredded)
4 oz cheddar cheese (sharp or extra sharp, shredded)

Preparation Steps:
1. Cook macaroni according to label directions; omit salt. Drain: set aside
2. In a bowl, blend water and cornstarch into a smooth slurry, using a wire whip.
3. In a sauce pot, mix water, milk, Low Sodium Chicken Base, dry mustard and pepper until blended, using a wire whip. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently.
4. Gradually pour the slurry into the boiling liquid, stirring constantly. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and gently boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Add 1 lb. cheese, stirring until melted.
6. Combine the cheese sauce and the drained macaroni, mixing well. Pour into a lightly oiled 2″ half steam table pan.
7. Sprinkle 4 oz. of cheese evenly over the macaroni mixture. Bake uncovered in a 350°F conventional oven until heated throughout and lightly browned on top, approximately 30-35 minutes.

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