I can't remember who puts out that famous red & white checkered cookbook, but this mac & cheese recipe is theirs. This is what my mom made us since we were kids and any mac & cheese that doesn't contain sauteed onions and real cheese is crapola, in my opinion. And although I have a fondness for the traditional elbows, a rotini pasta grabs the sauce much better. Remember NEVER to add oil or butter to the water you boil the pasta in or the sauce will not cling as well. This goes for all pasta. If you love your children you will NEVER feed them any mac & cheese from a box or made with Velveeta, no matter how easy it is to whip up. Show you care, cube some real cheddar and make a white sauce. Use a good pasta, too. I prefer Barilla, but Ronzoni is a close second.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and get a large pot of water boiling.
- Cube the cheese.
- Start cooking the pasta while preparing the cheese sauce.
- Saute onion in butter until soft and transparent.
- Add flour, salt and pepper, cooking for one minute.
- Add milk slowly, continuously stirring.
- Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens.
- Add cheese gradually until all the cheese is melted.
- When pasta is al dente, drain pasta and pour cheese sauce into the pot and stir well.
- Pour into a 13 x 9 (or slightly larger) baking pan that's been sprayed with Pam.
- Bake for 30 (minimum) to 40 minutes.