Mac and cheese is one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Its ooey sweet melty goodness satisfies like few dishes can. Kraft sells millions of the little blue boxes every minute, countless restaurants have at least one version of the dish on the menu, and almost every family has their own favorite homemade recipe. But while we have a love of good ol’ fashioned mac and cheese in this country, it seems like people are pretty split on whether or not it belongs on the Thanksgiving table.
We are here to stop this debate. This staple of American cuisine certainly deserves front and center on Turkey Day, and this mac and cheese recipe will make even the most ardent skeptic a believer.
Of course, there are thousands of mac and cheese recipes out there. It’s one of those dishes that can be as pretentious as it gets, with expensive and comforting ingredients like lobster and truffles. On the other hand, you can pick up a cheap boxed version at the gas station for about a dollar. Overall, this is a pretty versatile dish and we love it all versions. But if you’re wondering how to make mac and cheese that everyone likes, this A recipe is the way to go. Easy, quick, cheap and insanely delicious, this is the perfect meal for any day of the year. including – no especially Thanksgiving Day.
(from serious eats)
This recipe calls for cooking the pasta in a small amount of water. If you’re not familiar with this method, it’s purpose is to create a high concentration of starch in the water, which emulsifies and creates a subtle creamy texture for your cheese sauce.
- 6 oz Elbow pasta
- 6 ounce Evaporated milk
- 6 ounce mild or medium Cheddar cheeseOr any good processed cheese such as Fontina, Gruyère or Jack, grated
Place the pasta in a medium saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
Continue to cook, stirring, until the water is almost absorbed and the pasta is almost al dente, about 6 minutes.
- Add evaporated milk and bring to a boil.
- Add the cheese, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the cheese has melted and the liquid has thickened into a creamy sauce, about 2 minutes longer.
- Season with more salt to taste and serve immediately.