Kim's Baked Macaroni & Cheese
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped onion, optional
2 tablespoons All-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry ground mustard, optional
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
8 ounces elbows, uncooked
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces American cheese, sliced, broken into 2- inch pieces
3 cups broccoli florets, optional
3/4 pound diced cooked ham, optional
2 tablespoons dijon mustard, optional
Heat oven to 350°F. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, add onion. Cook 2 minutes. Add flour, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and seasonings; cook, stirring frequently, until mixture boils and thickens. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Stir cheeses into sauce. In 2-quart baking dish, stir together pasta and cheese sauce. Bake 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Broccoli & Cheese Casserole: Prepare recipe as directed; before baking stir 3 cups fresh or frozen tiny broccoli florets into pasta and cheese sauce mixture.
Macaroni & Cheese with Ham Dijon: Prepare recipe as directed; before baking, stir .75lb. diced cooked ham and 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard into pasta and cheese sauce mixture.
Sometimes shallots instead of onion.
Sometimes adds 1 clove garlic.
Adds extra 1/2 cup of cheese on top.
Sometimes sprinkles 1/4 teaspoon paprika on top.
Substitutes Wondra Powder for flour.
Does not use sliced american cheese, substitutes with another random cheese.