Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Recipe of the Week...Mac-n-Cheese

One of the simple, comfort foods that I love is Mac-n-Cheese...I think that it has to be a dish that originated in heaven! Where else could something so creamy, cheesy, warm and filling have come from?!?! Anyhoo, while I was grocery shopping I stumbled across a new kind of shredded cheddar cheese that had Philly cream cheese in it, so I bought it to try in home-made Mac-n-Cheese...

Here's how I make mac-n-cheese from scratch:

  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 - 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. bag Kraft shredded triple cheddar with a touch of Philly cream cheese
Place macaroni into a pot of salted, boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes. (Macaroni should still be firm). Drain and set aside.

In a large saucepan melt butter and add in flour, stirring until blended. Whisk evaporated milk and ground mustard into butter/flour mixture, stirring constantly until thickened. Turn heat to low and add all but 1/2 cup of the cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Add drained macaroni, salt, pepper, paprika and onion powder to cheese mixture, stirring to combine. Pour macaroni mixture into greased casserole dish. Sprinkle remianing 1/2 cup of the cheese on top and bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. SOOOOO good!!

Note: Another variation is to add cooked ham that has been cut into cubes to the mac-n-cheese before baking...this makes a wonderful one-dish meal!


1 comment:

  1. Another one of my hubby's favs! He sure would love eating at your house! :)


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