This recipe is super awesome because you can either eat it straight out of the pot, all ooey gooey, or you can bake it in the oven for a delicious crunchy top.
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (warm it up in the microwave 1 minute)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded cheese (I use Beecher's Flagship!)
8 oz. pasta (I prefer penne or cavatappi)
Cook and drain pasta. Melt butter over low heat, gradually add flour, whisking until smooth. Keep whisking and cook 1 minute. Increase heat to medium and gradually add milk. Cook until it's bubbly. Keep whisking. Add salt (or use salted butter and save a step) and cheese. Whisk until cheese melts.
At this point, you can add the pasta directly to the saucepan and eat it. If you have time, make it extra delicious by baking it. Put in a pan (I use a 8x8 but a 11x7 would work too) and cover with bread crumbs. (I use Japanese panko...you can find them in the Asian section of the grocery store.) Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Yum, yum, yummy!