White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

Advocate staff photo by Beth Colvin -- Homemade White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese casserole is worth the extra effort.
Advocate staff photo by Beth Colvin -- Homemade White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese casserole is worth the extra effort.

BY BETH COLVIN

Assistant Food editor

Advocate-Tested Recipe

White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

Serves 6 to 8. Recipe is by Beth Colvin.

4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1 stick butter

1 large onion, chopped

3 tsps. minced garlic

1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

4 cups white cheddar, divided

Dash nutmeg

1⁄8 tsp. white pepper

Salt and cayenne pepper, to taste

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. While it’s boiling, prepare the cheese sauce.

2. Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Do not allow to brown.

3. Add flour and stir to combine. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then stir in milk. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add 3 cups of cheese and, stirring frequently, cook until melted.

4. Add seasonings and, continuing to stir, cook about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingy.

5. Drain the pasta and remove to a large bowl. Pour the cheese sauce over the warm pasta and stir to combine. Pour pasta into a 9-inch-by-13-inch casserole dish. Top with 1 cup shredded white cheddar and bread crumbs.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, or until golden brown and bubbly.