I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, the best cook I have had the pleasure to personally know. I'm not sure where she originally got it from, but I've been trying to top it, quite unsuccessfully, for years. It is so good I have even used it to entertain and everyone always eats way too much, if that's possible;) These are US measurements but I wouldn't bother to convert as it's a pretty basic sauce and most of the measurements can be approximated.
- 2 cups dried pasta
- 5 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 4 ounces velveta american cheese Cut into small chunks
- ½ cup crushed ritz crackers
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The American cheese can be substituted for more cheddar, but it does add a certain je ne sais quoi to the consistency of the sauce, even if the cheese ifself is of a je ne sais quoi origin;) The Ritz crackers could be substituted with some bread crumbs or other buttery "crips", but they too add something extra special to the dish when it all comes together. It may be disgustingly American of me but I love to have this with a simple homemade applesauce; the combo takes me right back to my childhood. It would also be very American to serve with some breaded pork chops, but it is so rich I usually just make a nice green salad.