Today I’m sharing a tutorial for making an easy cheese sauce that is perfect for homemade mac n cheese. Apart from grating the cheese (and you could buy pre-grated cheese) and gathering ingredients, I find this as easy as making boxed macaroni and cheese – and it tastes much better! You can even make it gluten free by using rice (or other gluten free) pasta, and substituting corn starch for the flour in this version. This is more of a tutorial than a recipe, but it’s hard to mess up so I encourage you to try even if you are used to making things with set measurements.
Start with 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Melt the butter on medium heat, and add 1-2 teaspoons of flour (depending how thick you want your sauce, how much cheese you are adding, and how much sauce you are making). The flour will act as a thickening agent. Stir in the flour, and then add just enough milk – maybe 2-3 tablespoons to create the thick paste shown above. Alternately, you can shake the flour up in a jar with the milk and then add that to the butter, if you prefer).
A more milk, a little at a time, until you have as much as you need for your cheese sauce. Then add 1-2 cups of unpacked grated cheese, as shown below:
Stir until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a little bit of garlic, or a squeeze of yellow mustard. Mix with your pasta and enjoy!
This tutorial is based off of my mom’s recipe combined with a method used by some friends in the UK. Our UK friends often made their mac n cheese with peas and bacon mixed in. It was delicious! I don’t usually have bacon around, but I do add peas pretty frequently. My mom used to serve this over steamed broccoli instead of over macaroni. Also delicious, and much healthier!
Do you make your own mac n cheese?