Thanksgiving Day and Christmas are usually more about traditional cooking. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes such as cranberry sauce, yam, stuffing are not exactly kid friendly. Macarooni & cheese is easy to make and is a favorite of everyone from kids to adults so consider including it in your Thanksgiving feast this year. I have it every year and sometimes I make two batch depend on the number of kids.
• 5 cups cooked macaroni /8 ounces raw (for Gluten-Free use gluten-free macaroni noodles)
• 11/2 tablespoons flour (for Gluten-Free use amaranth flour)
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
• 11/2 cups milk
• 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
• ¾ cup Italian bread crumbs (for Gluten-Free use GF bread crumbs)
• paprika to taste, optional
1- Set a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and heat until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes, shaking the skillet occasionally. Remove to a plate to cool. Set it aside.
2- Slowly mix milk and flour in a saucepan. Start cooking and whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.
3- Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, black pepper and cheese stirring frequently, until cheese melts.
4- Pour cheese sauce over the pasta. Stir gently until pasta is evenly coated with sauce. Top with paprika and toasted bread crumbs. Bake in a preheated 350° for 30-35 minutes.
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