How do you make mac and cheese?

Okay I tried this a couple days ago and FAIL HORRIBLY! IT was mushy and nasty! Hoping maybe someone can suggest a better recipe with what I have on hand.
I have
Macaroni
Great Value Cheese (like the velveeta block), approx 16 oz
Milk
Flour (ive seen a few call for this)
Bacon Bits (i want to use this in there tonight)
and several different seasonings

I am looking for something that will make my eat anything fiance and three year old happy but still give me something new. I am tired of the SAME OLD THING! :-)

THANKS!

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Momma_Forever

Asked by Momma_Forever at 5:35 PM on Nov. 17, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
    8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
    2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    3 cups milk
    1/4 cup butter
    2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup bread crumbs
    1 pinch paprika

    DIRECTIONS
    Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
    In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
    Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.
    Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve.
    Serendipitydoo

    Answer by Serendipitydoo at 5:37 PM on Nov. 17, 2008

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  • Basically, what you want to do is grate the cheese, make a white sauce (milk, thickened with flour), and cook the noodles just until barely starting to get tender, because they'll cook more in the oven. Combine 2 tbsp of flour and 2 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan. Cook for 5 min, stirring with a wooden spoon, over med heat. Add 2 cups of milk. Bring to a full boil, then remove from the heat and stir in the grated cheese (about 1 1/2 cups). Add cooked macaroni noodles, taste for seasoning, and add salt & pepper to taste. Pour into a buttered casserole dish, and sprinkle with additional cheese. Bake at 350*f for half an hour or so.

    You can change this up lots of ways, adding different cheeses, bacon, tuna, ground beef, salsa, onions, various seasonings, etc.
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 5:46 PM on Nov. 17, 2008

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  • same as above, but you want to top it with buttered bread crumbs before you bake it. . .

    However, velveeta doesn't require a white sauce. You should be able to toss it with a tad bit of butter over a very low flame until it melts.

    Make sure the pasta is al dente. Pull it 30 seconds before the least recommended time if you are not going to bake it (it will cook more as you sauce) and several minutes if you are.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 8:49 PM on Nov. 17, 2008

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  • 2 boxes Kraft mac & Cheese (the one with the powdered cheese)
    1 can cream of mushroom
    1 can string beans drained (this ingredient is optional)
    1 pkg. polish kialbas (hillshire farms)
    1 small onion (optional)
    1 small bell pepper (optional)
    Put on water to boil for pasta. In the meantime cut up your peppers , onions & sausage, saute these 3 together. Drain pasta...add powdered cheese, cream of mushroom, string beans, & sausage, pepper, & onion mix all together. EAT & ENJOY:)
    This is one of those stretches far, low budget, quick, everybody loves it kind of meals.
    meme4x

    Answer by meme4x at 9:33 PM on Nov. 17, 2008

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