Full credit for recipe writeup below and image goes to /u/FailFoxAway from the public Reddit thread here. BASIC
- Butter – actual butter not margarine or pretend whatever. I mean butter.
- Milk – I use 2% but you can use skim or whole, whatever you got. I probably would not use actual cream.
- Salt and pepper
- Cheddar cheese – You can use other cheeses, but orange cheddar is my staple because it’s cheap and we’re going to use a fuckton of cheese.
- Sage – finely chopped
- Thyme – finely chopped
- sauteed shallots or onion – finely chopped
- sauteed mushrooms
- cooked crispy bacon – chopped
DIRECTIONS Boil noodles. Rigatoni, macaroni, penne, whatever. Grate your cheese, a lot of it and by a lot I mean you buy a huge brick of cheese and you grate the entire thing. You know the bowl you make cookie dough in? I want you to fill that mixing bowl with grated cheese. Start with your element on medium – low with a medium sized pot preferably non stick coating. Add butter and flour. You want to use the same amounts for both, if you use 1/4 cup butter then add in 1/4 cup flour to the pot. Mix them together to form a nice rue (paste). Add your milk. I usually buy a litre and use maybe three quarters of it but it all depends how much sauce you want to make.
Now turn up the heat a little and let the milk warm up stir up the rue mixture so it doesn’t get stuck to the sides or bottom. This is going to take like 10 – 15 mins keep stirring so the stuff doesn’t clump. When the milk mixture is warm add your grated cheese in handfuls stirring after each one, let it melt then add another. Wait a bit but come back every 2 – 3 mins to stir and see if it’s thick enough for you if so then your sauce is done if not add moar cheeeese and repeat. Now is the time to add your salt, pepper and any herbs/ meats you want to go in the sauce.
Your noodles should be done, drain them and find a baking dish. You want something wide and shallow to maximize the crust each person is getting. Not a deep dish cause then there is less crust per bite. Put noodles in baking dish, pour over sauce, stir it up and make sure everything is coated nicely. Now you probably have a lot of cheese left over. Spread it out overtop of your noodle mix. This is where you can add other cheese like Jack and Mozzarella to make an even better topping. Sometimes I use bocconcini (patted dry and sliced).
Anyways now you’re going to put it in the oven @ 425 degrees for like 30mins or until the topping is bubbling and crispy looking. You can broil it at bit at the end too to get a more crisp texture.