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Mum's Macaroni and Cheese

This is the simple, baked macaroni and cheese that I grew up with. Before putting it in the oven, top your mac n'cheese with blanched and skinned tomatoes for Mum's true version. Full disclosure: I think tomatoes are generally gross, so I've omitted them.


-10oz macaroni (or pasta of your choice)

-4TB butter

-4TB flour

-3 cups whole milk

-1/2 tsp salt

-Pepper to taste

-2 cups grated cheese plus more for topping (the more different varieties the better!)

-1TB dijon mustard

-1/2 cup breadcrumbs


- Butter a deep baking dish 

- Set pasta water to boil

- Set oven to 350 degrees F

- Make roux: melt butter in a pan, add flour and stir until smooth, add milk in a stream while whisking constantly until well incorporated

- Stir mustard into roux

- Stir cheese into roux

- Cook pasta per instructions 

- Stir salt and pepper into roux

- Drain pasta and combine with roux

- Pour pasta and cheese mixture into baking dish

- Toss remaining cheese and breadcrumbs together and sprinkle on top of pasta

- Bake in oven for 1/2 hour or until top is golden and liquid is bubbling

Alice Bergen Phillips