Mac-Avoy Mac and Cheese
Note from The Girl in The Apron:
I joke with my friends saying half of my diet is Mac and Cheese. All jokes aside (Because it’s the truth!), I take my Mac pretty seriously. This recipe is my absolute favorite. The combination of flavorful spices makes for a melt in your mouth Mac and Cheese. This recipe can be made healthy (if you're watching the girlish figure!) by substituting your macaroni for whole grain, wheat or gluten free. You can also use low-fat milk, low-fat cheese and omit the butter. I love making this recipe for backyard BBQ’s or just a night in the with family! All your Mac and Cheese dreams will come true after your first mouth watering bite, promise!
2 Lbs. Elbow Macaroni
4 Cups Milk
2 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Dry Mustard
1/2 tsp Paprika
2 Bay Leaves
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 tsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 T. Cornstarch
1/2 Cup Milk
16 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 T. Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup Grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the macaroni and follow the directions on the package for al dente pasta.
While the macaroni is cooking, prepare the cheese sauce. In a large saucepan, combine 4 Cups of milk with the onion powder, dry mustard, paprika, bay leaves, garlic powder, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Place the mixture over medium heat, and cook until it comes to a gentle simmer. Stir constantly to prevent sticking.
In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine. Return the sauce to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture should become slightly thick.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, discard the bay leaves and add the shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is completely melted. Add the butter to the cheese mixture and stir until melted and completely combined.
Drain the macaroni and pour into the cheese mixture. Stir everything to coat. Pour the coated macaroni into a greased 13x9 casserole dish. Sprinkle top with grated cheese. Broil on high heat for 4-7 minutes; until golden brown. Serve and Enjoy!