Happy National Pasta Day! Delicious Cheese Sauce, with just 7 ingredients

Mac & CheeseGuest Author: Gena (Urbery Marketing Manager)

Happy National Pasta Day! Mac & cheese is always a winning meal, and one of my favourites. If you’re looking for a tried-and-true cheese sauce to spice up your pasta, you can’t go wrong with this simple recipe.

My father made this for me when I was a kid, and I’ve been making it ever since. It is a great back-to-basics sauce that takes 7 ingredients, and less than 20 minutes to prepare. In the same amount of time you’d spend making a boxed mac-and-cheese, you could make this. Don’t let the recipe below fool you. It makes a lot and is super affordable. Depending on how much you want or how many you’re feeding, just double the ingredients.

If you love leftovers like I do, this reheats nicely. You’ll need the following to make this, and can substitute any of the ingredients with vegan or gluten free items your prefer.

You’ll need the following ingredients:
  • Cheese, a quantity of your preference, grated 
  • ½ cup flour
  • Butter, a quantity of your personal preference
  • 1 cup milk  
  • Fresh basil, to taste
  • Fresh oregano, to taste
  • And of course, your favourite pasta!

All these ingredients can be replaced with vegan and/or gluten free substitutes. Instead of regular cheese, try a Diaya imitation ‘cheese’. Instead of white flour, try brown rice or cashew flour. Instead of butter, there is great vegan imitation ‘butter’. Instead of 2% milk try a soy, almond or coconut milk.

how to make this family favourite:

This is my preferred way to make the cheese sauce, but you may find a variation as you make it yourself that you enjoy even more!

  1. Start by heating a sauce pan on low heat and add butter until it has melted. 
  2. As the butter is melting, add 4 cups of water to a medium sized pot. Bring to a roiling boil; add pasta and turn to medium heat.
  3. Slowly mix in 1/4 of the flour, to the melted butter.
  4. Slowly wisk in 1/4 of the milk until the flour dissolves. Continue to wisk these ingredients until they have thickened 
  5. Melt a small handful of cheese.
  6. Continue to stir in small portions of flour, milk, and cheese until you reach your desired consistency and thickness for the sauce.
  7. Keeping on low heat, add basil, oregano, along with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If desired, drizzle with truffle oil OR dijon mustard to taste.
  9. Drain pasta.

Lightly drizzle over freshly made pasta, and garnish with a dash of basil or other spice. If you want to kick this up a notch, bake the mac & cheese with the sauce, in the oven. You can also add in some heat with a spiced breadcrumb topping, or a gluten-free panko.

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