Not just any Mac and cheese

So for a while I have been messing around with different ways to make Mac and cheese and I think I finally nailed it,  I know it is not rocket science or that it would qualify me for entry to Master Chef, but the most important for me is that it makes my family happy and say yum,  aah mission accomplished.
So here it is.
Dawn Audrey’s Kick Ass Mac and Cheese
1 lb pasta noodles any size ( I have used ziti, and macaroni so far)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
3 T butter
1/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cup milk
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
4 cups sharp Vermont cheddar cheese or if you want a nice little kick try prepped Jack cheese
Boil pasta following instructions on the pasta package of your choice.  While pasta is cooking grate your cheese and separate 3 cups into one bowl and 1 cup into another. At some point your pasta will be done, drain it and set aside.  Chop onion and green pepper, melt butter and saute onion and peppers until lightly browned and they smell fabulous, add in the flour and stir until combined (well what I really mean is stir until clumpy but that didn’t sound  yummy), slowly whisk in milk, salt and pepper and stir until thickened, mix in your 3 cups of grated cheese and stir until melted, pour over the drained pasta stir until nicely combined then add in the 1 cup grated cheese and stir again.  Pour mixture into a nice glass baking dish.
Bake uncovered at 350 for 25 minutes.

I know that a bag of pre-grated cheese is quick and easy but trust me it is worth your time to grate is fresh and truly does not take too much extra time.

I use some olive oil when I boil pasta it seems to help keep if from sticking together

Pasta boiling

Browning the onions and peppers

Mixing in the creamy delicious mixture with the pasta

Add in your extra cup of cheese for more amazing flavor

Nothing like baking in glass you get only the yummy food flavor

I like to grate a little extra ground pepper on top
Peace & Happiness
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