Mac & Cheese

When the weather gets colder, there is nothing I enjoy more than a nice warm bowl of mac & cheese. It is a comfort food that takes me back to a simpler time, which is always a nice break from the crazy life of being a graduate student. If I could have mac & cheese everyday, I would. This recipe is super easy and is the perfect end to a busy winter day.

1/2 pound macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
2 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper

Topping:
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350˚. Begin by cooking the macaroni. Grate the cheese in a bowl, dice the onion.

IMG_2930IMG_2931

Set asideIn a separate saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and powdered mustard.

IMG_2932

Make sure all the lumps are gone. Add in the milk, onion, bay lead and paprika. Let simmer about 10 minutes.

IMG_2934

In a small bowl, whisk the egg. Then temper the egg. Add egg mixture to the cream mixture. Mix in 3/4 of the cheese. 

IMG_2935

Add in the cooked macaroni. Transfer to a casserole dish.

IMG_2936

Top with remaining cheese.

IMG_2937

In a separate bowl melt the butter for the topping. Mix in the panko bread crumbs. Cover the top of of the mac and cheese mixture with the bread crumbs.

IMG_2938

Bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes.

IMG_2940

IMG_2941

IMG_2942

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s