Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food but it is often highly processed so learn how to make it from scratch with this homemade version! - Intentional By Grace

Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food but it is often highly processed so learn how to make it from scratch with this homemade version! - Intentional By Grace
This post is written by contributing writer, Justyn from Creative Christian Mama.

My hubby believes that the ultimate comfort food is macaroni and cheese. I find this amusing, because he has gourmet tastes and is a pretty amazing cook. He can wander into a kitchen where I see nothing resembling the ingredients of a meal and he can whip up something fabulous. And yet, his favorite thing to eat when he doesn’t feel well, or is stressed, is mac and cheese. For years, I just bought him the boxed kind with powdered “cheese”. Gag! When we switched over from eating highly processed foods to “real” food in January of last year, I knew that I would have to learn to make mac and cheese from scratch. After following a few recipes that just didn’t pass muster, I decided to make my own recipe. He loved it- win!

Although this may look a bit complicated if you’re new to cooking, don’t be intimidated. I’ll take you through step-by-step with pictures to make it easy.

We start by making a “roux”, which is nothing more than equal parts butter and flour. The butter and flour form a paste, which will thicken your cheese sauce. First, you need to melt the butter and let it heat up until it starts to foam.

Heat the butter until it foams.

Once you’ve got foam, whisk in the flour and bring the mixture to a very low simmer. Whisk often and keep a close eye on it. We’re wanting a golden-brown color, not dark brown.

Whisk while the roux cooks.

When you have a thick golden-brown mixture with a “cooked” scent, you’ll need to add some of the cold milk. Just splash in a few ounces and whisk until there are no lumps.

Whisking will smooth out any lumps.

Add a few more ounces and whisk again. At this point, you can pour in the rest of the milk and it should incorporate without any lumps. You can see how thin it is from the way it runs right off the back of the spoon, instead of coating it.

This is the cream sauce before it thickens.

Over medium to medium-low heat, very gently simmer (don’t boil!) the cream sauce, whisking often. In 5 to 10 minutes, the sauce will be thick and creamy. You’ll know it’s done when it thickly coats the back of a spoon. Shut it off and remove the pan from the heat.

The finished cream sauce thickly coats the spoon.

Add in the shredded cheese a handful at a time, whisking each addition until it’s completely melted.

The cheese melts into the sauce.

When you have added all of the cheese, you’ll have a thick, creamy cheese sauce. Taste it and add any salt, if needed, and whatever herbs and spices you want. Pour it over cooked pasta.

Stir the sauce into the pasta.

At this point, you can really jazz things up with special additions, such as prosciutto (it tastes a lot like bacon)!

Stir in some chopped prosciutto.

And there you have it – homemade mac and cheese!

What’s your husband’s ultimate comfort food?

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  1. Yummy! This is nearly how I make mine, too! We use gluten free noodles, with white pepper and nutmeg as our seasonings, but I should try the dry mustard–I bet that would be a winner around here, thanks!

  2. Thanks to someone who just pinned this on Pinterest, I am now really wanting this! Perhaps pregnant women should avoid Pinterest, haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. How would I use this for a freezer meal? I will be using nutritional yeast and GF noodles to fit our dietary needs. But I would love to know if this could be turned into a freezer meal or just for the week? My kids are going to be excited about this one.

    1. I imagine you can just stick it straight into the freezer and then maybe bake it in the oven to reheat? I would add a little water to the baking dish when reheating to moisten it. Worth a shot! This mac-n-cheese is seriously good!