You’ve picked a theme, put a few favorite movies aside, and even let her choose the most amazing cake at the bakery — all in the name of love. Now it’s time to add a little home-style mac and cheese to the mix to make sure she and her guests shovel some “real food” down the hatch in the process. Nothing screams party time like easy to eat, filling foods, and mac n’ cheese is sure to satisfy.
One thing this recipe won’t survive without is elbow macaroni. Elbow macaroni comes in different sizes, but for this concoction it’s wise to use the larger, thicker kind. After all, the goal is to soothe the stomachs of a bunch of candy-crazed princesses. You will need to boil the pasta in a large pot for about ten to twelve minutes. It is worth checking the recommended cook time on the packaging for this one. Very few youngsters like their pasta “al dente.” Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
To make just the right savory sauce for home made mac and cheese you will need to start with a medium-sized sauce pan on medium heat. Melt about 2 tablespoons of butter and slowly stir in 2 tablespoons of flour. Whisk the mixture until smooth, cooking for about two minutes. Gently add in about 2 cups of milk, whisking repeatedly. Remove from heat and set aside. Your sauce is almost ready to meet your pasta.
Ah! Nearly done. For this, you’ll spoon your cooked pasta into a large casserole dish. Then, you’ll gently stir in your yummy, melted sauce until fully coated. The next step is to add another layer of shredded cheddar cheese over the top of the entire dish. Then sprinkle dry bread crumbs from edge to edge. The topping will give it a nice layered consistency that will still be very kid friendly. Now the dish is just about ready for the oven.
Bake and Serve
The party girls are probably more than ready to swarm this dish even before you have even popped it into the oven. Stave off their imminent starvation (somehow) and preheat your oven at 350 degrees F. Once preheated, place your ready-to-bake mac and cheese onto the center rack. It should bake for about twenty minutes. When complete, the bread crumbs will be golden brown. Be sure to let the baked mac and cheese cool before bringing it anywhere near the party goers. Preparing a baked mac and cheese is perfect for a party because it can be served in square portions for each guest. Using a large spatula, cut equal square portions of the mac and cheese for each guest and serve with a cool glass of milk.
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