Mac n Cheese is a no brainer dish that almost every child and adult loves! Here at Real Food Real Kitchens, mac n cheese is one of our all time favorites, so we came up with this #recipe for a creamy, smoky mac n cheese that is now on our menu almost every week! It takes very few ingredients and is incredibly simple to make.
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1/4 of a 12 oz box penne pasta
2 tbsp butter (salted)
2 tbsp plain flour
8 tbsp water
1/8 tsp dry mustard (we used Colman's Mustard Powder)
4 tbsp bread crumbs (we used Mary's Gone Crackers Crumbs)
7 oz smoked Gouda cheese, grated (we used Arla Dofino Smoked Gouda)
salt & pepper to taste
Boil your penne pasta as instructed on the box. Be sure to season the water with salt. Also when the pasta is finished, before straining, reserve 8 tbsp of the pasta water for later.
Strain water from pasta and set aside while your prepare your sauce.
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
Heat a medium size pan on medium heat and add butter.
Once butter is melted, slowly mix in flour stirring constantly (it will become a little lumpy).
Slowly add the 8 tbsp of pasta water you set aside while stirring constantly.
Add pasta to mixture and completely coat the pasta. You can also add your dry mustard and salt and pepper at this time, completely mixing them in to your pasta.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Find a small oven proof dish to bake your macaroni and cheese in. We used individual cast iron dishes by Lodge for ours.
Coat the bottom of your baking dish with cooking spray. Cover the bottom with your pasta mixture.
Sprinkle your smoke Gouda cheese evenly over top of the pasta.
Next sprinkle your bread crumbs evenly over the top of your cheese.
Bake for approximate 10 minutes or until top begins to brown.
This mac n' cheese can be served alone or as a side dish with a vegetable. We like ours with steamed broccoli. You could also add ground beef, onions, peppers, etc... to your mac n cheese before baking. Enjoy!