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Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Elbow Pasta (Macaroni)
  • 12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) Butter
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard Seed Powder
  • 2-1/2 to 3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. First, bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add the Olive Oil and salt to the water.

  2. Next, add the Macaroni to the boiling water and cook it to the lower end of the box's directions.

  3. Drain the pasta, and set aside.  

  4. In the same pot, melt the butter on medium heat.  

  5. Add the cream.  Cook until the mixture begins to thicken.

  6. Add the remaining salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, and mustard seed powder.

  7. While stirring, slowly incorporate the shredded Cheddar cheese into the sauce.  Stir until smooth.

  8. Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce.  Gently stir until the all of the macaroni is covered in delicious cheese sauce.