grandmamma’s homemade macaroni and cheese

Anytime there’s a family get together, grandmamma asks around to all of her grandchildren – which is my sisters and brothers and me – what we would like to eat.
Here’s the conversation
Grandmamma : So what would you like to eat at my house this Saturday, Rachel?

Me : Well, … your macaroni and cheese … and then whatever else you would like to fix.

I am sure she has made this recipe hundreds of times. I have grown up on it. We ask for it every time.

It’s that good.

So, here’s the recipe – it’s simple, in your pantry kind of ingredients. This is like a family secret, so really enjoy that I’m sharing it with you.

And if you serve it grandmamma-style, you’ll serve it with ham off the bone, dinner rolls, broccoli salad, green salad, a few other side dish casseroles, and hershey bar cake for dessert.

Tonight we are having it week-night style, with hotdogs on the grill, asparagus, and peanut butter pie, Tyler’s favorite dessert. (I will share this recipe with you soon.)

Grandmamma’s Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

2 T Cornstarch
1/2 tsp dry mustard (optional)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups milk
2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 8-10oz box macaroni noodles (any will do)
a bit of butter for greasing your baking dish

In a sauce pan, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. of dry mustard
powder (optional) 1/2 tsp of black pepper, and maybe 1 tsp of salt with 2
and 1/2 cups of milk (I use skim, but any type will do)

Mix well so that cornstarch dissolves.
Add 2 tablespoons of oleo or butter.
Heat and cook on top of stove until butter melts, and mixture boils for a minute or two.  Once the butter is melted, and it starts to thicken, STIR CONSTANTLY. The mixture will thicken slightly.

Remove from heat and add 2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese. Stir to dissolve cheese.

Meanwhile cook macaroni.  Somewhere between 8 and 10 oz.

Combine cooked and drained macaroni and the cheese mixture together in a lightly buttered baking dish.  
Bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.

*Just a little sweet side note – these instructions were given to me verbatim from my grandmother. LOVE

So the only quick pic I have is of the noodles still boiling and the cheese mixture all ready to go. I thought about taking a picture of the finished product only after we had eaten half of it... 😉

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