Old School Macaroni and Cheese - Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 F. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a
rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and
return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is
cooked through but still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well.
Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the butter starts to
foam and bubble, stir in the flour; cook on medium heat until flour just begins to
turn pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes. Add thyme, cayenne pepper, and white pepper; cook
and stir another minute, then whisk in 1 cup of milk until smooth. Pour in remaining
milk and whisk again. Bring the sauce just to a simmer.
Stir in nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and salt; simmer on medium-low heat until
thickened, about 8 minutes, whisking often. Turn heat off, then add 2 1/4 cups of