Kitchen Confidence: Mac & Cheese

The Morning Show

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — We’re gaining some confidence in the kitchen this morning with cooking coach Adam Wisnewski. Check out his Mac & Cheese recipes in today’s segment.

Classic Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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Truly one of the greats! This dish can be made in a hundred different ways and they’re all going to be fantastic, because: CHEESE! Learn to make the basic sauce and you are on your way to delicious and quick dinners anytime.
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Ingredients

* 1 1/2 C dry pasta (elbows, mini shells, farfalle, your favorite)

* 3 TBS butter

* 3 TBS all purpose flour

* 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

* 1/2 tsp paprika (optional)

* 2 C whole milk

* 2 C shredded cheese

* Serve as a side to: pulled pork, Thanksgiving turkey, BBQ.

* Try using zucchini noodles instead of pasta.

* Add: ham, chicken, shrimp, canned tuna, bacon, white beans. Peas, broccoli, spinach, onions. Black olives, artichoke hearts, corn+lima beans. Hot sauce, pesto, salsa, BBQ sauce, mustard.

Instructions

* Cook pasta as directed in a good sized pot

* Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat

* Add the flour, salt, pepper, paprika and stir until thoroughly mixed, 2-3 minutes.

* Add a small amount of milk (1 TBS), stir well until smooth, then add a little more milk

* Simmer over medium-high heat until the sauce thickens, 5-6 minutes.

* Add cheese and stir until melted.* Drain cooked pasta, return it to the large pot. Add the sauce and stir well.

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