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I want to make ridiculous Mac ‘n Cheese. Sadly, I make a merely passable Mac ‘n Cheese.(r/AskCulinary)
Here is what you’re going to do: you’re going to cheat.
First, buy Sodium Citrate. Sodium citrate is a very powerful emulsifier, and will let you make cheese sauce of a perfect consistency with no guesswork, using just cheese and, well, that’s pretty much it. The result is a sauce where the cheese flavor is not covered up by milk or butter.
There are a lot of recipes that you can find online using sodium citrate, but in my experience the best is this: boil 1lb of dry pasta to just shy of al dente in salted water, drain but reserve the pasta liquid, add 1-1.5 cups of the pasta liquid back in, add 1Tbsp sodium citrate, then gradually, mixing as you go, add 1lb of shredded cheese. Use whatever cheese or combination of cheeses you like, use more cheese if you want a saucier mac and less cheese if you want a less saucy mac. You’ll probably need to add more liquid–if you do, use beer, wine or the pasta liquid, and only add a bit at a time. Mix everything up well over low heat and you’ll get a perfectly creamy mac and cheese with intense cheese flavor. You can also add spices and other flavors–I like a little hot sauce, a little garlic powder, a little paprika and a teaspoon or two of brown sugar.
This sauce will never, ever break. You can try your best to break it but it won’t happen, and if it does just add another pinch of sodium citrate, heat it up, mix it together and problem solved. So stick it in a casserole dish, top it with bread crumbs or cheese, and bake it just the same way you would a normal mac and cheese!