There are a two food tests that I used to judge someone’s character: eating pie and eating mac & cheese. If a person eats both, then they’re likely a decent human being worth knowing. If someone only east one of the two, there’s a chance they’re alright but further investigation is needed. If they won’t eat either one, there’s a serious character defect lurking.
That’s how serious I am about pie and mac & cheese.
We’ve posted a lot of pie recipes (check the index!), but regrettably only one mac & cheese recipe so far. Today, I’m going to remedy that. Some version of mac & cheese shows up on my menu about every three weeks, with this recipe being the most frequent variation. I’ve tried lots of different cheese combinations, but smoked gouda and velveeta is my favorite.
A friend once referred to this dish as Marxist mac & cheese because it has no regard for class. And yes, smoked gouda and velveeta may seem like a weird combo, but they work together. Trust me. The stuffing mix on top adds a great crunch to round out the dish. You could substitute bread crumbs if you prefer, though, or leave the topping off altogether. Macaroni is the dish’s namesake, but if you happen to forget to buy it and are too lazy to go back to the store and only have egg noodles on hand (not that I’ve ever been guilty of that…), other types of noodles can be substituted, too. If your friends are decent people, they’ll eat it either way.
- 16 oz dried pasta
- 5 cups milk
- 3 tbs. flour
- 10 oz smoked gouda, grated
- 6 oz velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch blocks
- 1 cup stuffing mix (optional)
- Prepare the noodles according to package directions, draining them when they're al dente.
- Preheat the oven to 425. While the noodles cook, pour the milk into a large sauce pan and place over medium-high heat. when little bubbles form around the edges, whisk the flour into the milk, breaking up any lumps. Heat, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the cheeses and turn the heat to low to keep the mixture from boiling. Stir until the cheeses are melted and incorporated into the milk.
- Place the noodles in the bottom of a 9x13 pan (or the equivalent) and pour the cheese sauce evenly over the noodles. Sprinkle the stuffing mix over the top. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until the topping is browned.
- Invite all of your friends over and serve this with pie to determine which shady characters you need to keep an eye on.