Kickin' Mac & Cheese
Cook noodles in boiling water until tender; drain.
While noodles are cooking, melt butter in medium saucepan. Add onion and pepper, sautéing a few minutes over medium heat until onion is slightly tender. Heat milk to room temperature (zapped in the microwave is fine).
Add flour to onion mixture, stirring into a paste (do this quickly or your paste will start to burn). Add milk to flour paste. Stir constantly, bringing mixture to a boil to allow liquid to thicken. Once liquid has thickened to a creamy consistency, turn burner temperature to low and stir in cheese slices.
Once the cheese has melted, stir noodles into cheese sauce.
Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Bake uncovered in 375°F oven for 20 minutes, or sauce is bubbly.
*As long as you have 8 ounces, go with whatever cheese you like best. A spicy one is always fun. I also like the traditional sharp cheddar, a nice Colby, or mix cheeses with half Gouda and half spicy Monterey Jack.
Prep and Cooking Time: 15 minutes prep; 20 minutes bake