Hey , what's up y'all ?
It's Darius from Darius cooks dot TV .
And I'm about to show you how to make the ultimate macaroni and cheese .
This is probably , uh is it probably , I think it's probably my like top one of my top recipes , this one in the fried chicken .
But um everybody wants to learn how to make it .
And uh I'm gonna show you and there are no eggs in the mac and cheese .
On the stove , I got a pot of water boiling .
I'm gonna add some salt to the water .
Always have two golden rules when it comes to cooking pasta .
And that is over salt the water and of course , under cook the pasta .
Now you could use regular macaroni and you know , there's a time and place for that .
But I have these little uh cork screw pasta shaped with the ridges because they hold onto the sauce .
So we're gonna use those into are boiling water .
All right , my pasta is al dente .
So let's go ahead and drain this out .
Let's make the sauce .
So , into the pot , I have a stick of butter that I'm gonna add in here and then to that butter , I'm gonna toss in a little bit of flour and I'm just gonna stir the flour and the butter together to make what we know as a root .
So we're gonna do a light skin root or the real term for it is a blonde root .
So we're gonna add in our half and half and just whisk it in that way .
We have no lumps .
Let's season that by adding in some salt like pepper , couple more flavor agents .
So I have some garlic powder to do a little bit of onion powder .
A little bit of smoked paprika .
How about that ?
Just whisk that together and as soon as this comes to a boil , it'll thicken and then we'll be ready to continue on our mac and cheese journey .
All right , let's do it .
So I have our cork screw pasta and again , you can use uh regular elbow macaroni that works .
Absolutely ok .
Uh In this particular situation , the one thing I do that I think is so crucial to the mac and cheese is I add in a hefty amount of sour cream , right ?
You can't taste the sour cream .
But what it does is it just gives the macaroni and cheese this sort of moistness that is kind of outstanding .
Another thing I like to add and I know there's going to be lots of comments about this , but I need an American cheese , a processed American cheese product in the mac and cheese .
I just cut it and cube it and then we can throw it right into , uh , the mac and cheese like that .
That way as the mac and cheese cooks this sort of melts down and gives us a really nice surprise .
Every couple of fork fools .
You know what I mean ?
This is the , or the sauce that we made just a little thickened cream sauce , right .
That we may look at that .
That looks good .
Now , let's give that a , a mix before we add in our cheese .
Oh my God , that's yes , I have a four cheese blend .
I have a mozzarella .
I have a sharp cheddar and then I have a white cheddar blend .
The cheese don't even matter .
If you don't do this part , right .
This part don't even matter .
Let's add this to our casserole dish .
That's gorgeous .
Now we're just gonna top it with the remaining cheese .
All right .
There we go .
All right .
Look at that mac and cheese off to a hot oven .
I mean , it's the part I hate the most .
You know , I always say that , but look at that .
Oh , if your mac and cheese ain't doing that , I mean , is it really even worth calling it mac and cheese ?
This is the ultimate .
Do you want me to say ?
Hm , I'll tell you what I'll say this , the recipe on my website .
Darius cooks dot TV .
Two things .
Food is my life .
Life is my food y'all .
Until next time I gotta wish you a happy cooking from my heart to yours by all .