Real Macaroni and Cheese

* 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 cups milk
* 1/4 onion, minced
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/4 pound processed cheese food
* 1/4 pound shredded Cheddar cheese
* 1/4 pound shredded Swiss cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Prepare the elbow macaroni according to package directions.
3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in the flour until a cream colored paste forms. Then pour in the milk and stir constantly until this comes to a hard boil, then stir for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. When the macaroni is cooked, spread 1/2 of it into the bottom of a lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Then layer 1/2 of the grated onion, 1/2 of the salt and pepper and 1/2 of each of the cheeses. Repeat this one more time: macaroni, onion, salt and pepper and cheeses, and then pour the reserved white sauce over all. Top off with small pats of butter to taste.

5. cover and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes.

[original recipe + tips]

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