November 28, 2016 0

Recipe: Basic Mac & Cheese

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Mac and Cheese at LUX-Giving

This is a very traditional, no-frills take on mac and cheese — and it’s served us well — that we’ve been bringing to LUX-giving for several years.

Mac & Cheese
Adapted from

Makes: One large pot
Takes: 30-45 minutes

1 pound (16 oz) uncooked pasta (we use rotini or radiatore)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Optional add-ins:
1 green pepper, diced
1/3 red onion, diced
3 scallions, sliced
3 strips of bacon, diced


  1. If using additional add-ins: cook bacon and/or vegetables in a skillet. Set aside.
  2. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions.
  3. While the elbow macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring.
  5. Slowly add the milk and cook while stirring until the mixture becomes somewhat thick.
  6. Stir in cheese until melted. Remove from heat.
  7. Drain the elbow macaroni and add it to the cheese sauce. Stir to coat.
  8. Add in any additional add-ins. Stir to coat.
  9. Top of scallions (if desired). Salt and pepper to taste.

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