In a large pot or cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt the
Butter (1/2 cup)
add in the
All-Purpose Flour (1/2 cup)
. Whisk together for about 1 minute to fully cook the flour.
Add in the
Cream Cheese (4 Tbsp)
and continue to whisk together while slowly adding the first cup of
Whole Milk (3 cups)
in about 4 additions, whisking the sauce together until combined between each pour. While continuing to whisk, add in the rest of the milk.
While the sauce is thickening, add the
Seasoned Salt (1/2 Tbsp)
Smoked Paprika (1 Tbsp)
Brown Sugar (1 Tbsp)
Ground White Pepper (1 tsp)
Ground Nutmeg (1/2 tsp)
Once the sauce has thickened (about 5 minutes) mix in the
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (2 cups)
Monterey Jack Cheese (1 cup)
and stir until smooth. Reduce heat to low.
Elbow Macaroni (3 1/3 cups)
to al dente, then add to the cheese sauce. Reserve about a cup of pasta water.
Take off the heat and stir together. The sauce will be loose but will thicken as it cools. Add the pasta water as needed to keep a creamy sauce, then serve.