Homemade Mac and Cheese on the Stove

Homemade Mac and Cheese on the Stove
The cheese sauce for this homemade mac and cheese turned out smooth and creamy. I love that you can eat mac and cheese with just about anything. I sauteed a chopped up jalapeno and added it to half this batch of macaroni and cheese. It added a little kick.  You can add green peas, ham,... Scroll down for the rest!

The cheese sauce for this homemade mac and cheese turned out smooth and creamy. I love that you can eat mac and cheese with just about anything. I sauteed a chopped up jalapeno and added it to half this batch of macaroni and cheese. It added a little kick. mac and cheese with jalapeno

You can add green peas, ham, chicken, bacon, broccoli, etc. I had a huge container of arugula in our refrigerator, so I topped my macaroni and cheese with arugula. It was delicious and the contrast of the orange and green was lovely.

Homemade Mac and Cheese on the Stove

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. pasta (you can use macaroni or any other kind you like)
  • 1 1/2 C. whole milk, separated
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 C. medium or sharp cheddar cheese, grated (I grated my own… not sure if you’ll get the same smooth consistency if you use the pre-grated kind)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta al dente, according to its package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add only 1 Cup of the milk over medium heat.
  3. In a small cereal bowl, whisk together the flour and the last 1/2 C. of milk. Set aside. When you start to see bits of steam coming from the warm milk, whisk in the milk/flour mixture. Continue whisking until the milk thickens to about a heavy cream consistency.
  4. Turn the heat to very low, and whisk in the grated cheese until smooth. Stir in the salt and turmeric powder. Add a little more salt if desired.
  5. Pour cheese sauce over the cooked pasta, stir and serve warm! homemade mac and cheese

homemade mac and cheese on the stove with arugula

*Inspired by THIS recipe.

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