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Marry Me Stovetop Mac and Cheese

5 from 3 reviews

This stovetop mac and cheese is so good that it got my now fiancé to propose on the first night we met. Seven years later, we’re officially tying the knot!

This stovetop mac and cheese is so good that it got my now fiancé to propose on the first night we met. Seven years later, we’re officially tying the knot!

Ingredients

  • 1 box orecchiette
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces Land O Lakes® Deli American slices
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces parmigiano reggiano
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over high heat, boil enough water to cook the entire box of pasta. Add in pasta and cook the pasta until just barely al dente, about 6 minutes. It will be very undercooked, but you’re going to continue to cook it in the sauce later. Drain and set aside while you make your cheese sauce.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Once melted, sprinkle in the flour, then stir to combine with the butter. Allow to cook for 1 minute, then add in the milk, worcestershire sauce, salt, and Dijon mustard. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, grate your cheddar cheese and parmigiano reggiano, and cut your Deli American slices into pieces. Once the sauce has thickened, stir in cheese. Add in orecchiette, mixing it fully into the sauce. It will seem like there is a lot of cheese sauce, but it will thicken up in the next step.
  4. Turn the stove to medium low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, for 5-7 minutes. You’re looking for the pasta to slightly sop up some of the cheese sauce, and for the entire sauce to get thick. You will know it’s done when you stir and the sauce sticks to the pasta, so you are able to see the bottom of the pan.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish with black pepper, if you’d like.