Favorite Mac & Cheese

Definite comfort food.  I usually have all the ingredients on hand and the whole family loves it!

Favorite Mac & Cheese

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 sm yellow onion, chopped
4 Tbl flour
4 cups whole milk
4 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp chili powder
4-5 cups sharp cheddar cheese or a mixture of cheeses
bread crumbs or french fried onions
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350°.  Cook pasta as package directs, drain.  While waiting for water to boil for pasta, start sauce.  In large saucepan, heat 6 Tbl of butter and sauté onion.  Add flour and cook 3 minutes.  Add milk, salt, pepper and cook on low heat, stirring constantly until bubbles and thickens.  Turn off heat.  Add nutmeg, chili powder. Let cool a little before adding cheese so it does not curdle, stir to melt.  Pour over pasta, stir gently.  Pour into 13×9 pan, sprinkle, bread crumbs or fried onions, and dot with remaining butter.  Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Sometimes I add browned sausage or ground beef.  Stir in other ingredients like green chilies, diced tomatoes, or whatever you feel like at the time.

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