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Labor Inducing Mac and Cheese

I spent several nights a week and a half ago at my sister and brother-in-laws to help them out.  They needed the extra help because Megan was pregnant and due any time, and I was staying in case she went into labor in the middle of the night so I could stay with my niece.  On Wednesday night I made home made mac and cheese and she went into labor a few hours later around 2 am!  My niece was in a VERY big hurry, and they actually didn’t even have time to make it to the hospital and my niece was born in the garage!

1 pound pasta noodles (I used whole wheat penne)

1 pound cheese (I used about 1.1 pounds, 6. of sharp Wisconsin cheddar and .5 English cheddar with caramelized onions)

4 TBS flour

1/2 – 3/4 stick of butter

1 1/2 -2 cups milk

1/2 TBS ground mustard

salt and pepper to taste

1 onion (I used red)

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Boil the penne noodles in salted water.  Melt the butter in a heavy bottom pan and make a rue by adding the flour.  Add the flour 1 TBS at a time, until a paste like consistency forms.  Cook it over medium heat until it becomes a golden color.  Whisk constantly and slowing add in the milk a little bit at a time, making sure not to add too much.  The sauce should be a fairly thick.  Add in the cheese, stirring to melt and incorporate.  The sauce should be drizzle off of the whisk.  Add the sauce to the cook noodles.

In a skillet caramelize the slices of onions.

Pout the cheesy noodles in a greased pan, sprinkle with the caramelized onions and spread with panko crumbs.  Bake in the oven at 350 for about 20-40 minutes, until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the top is golden brown.

My sister and I both agreed that  if you are using the onions, you need to really go for it and also add bacon.  Next time I will definitely be doing that!