Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Recipe: "Not From A Box" Mac N Cheese

Since I have a toddler at home and I have a full time job, I am trying to find ways to incorporate homecooked meals that don't take a lot of time. I am trying more and more to go away from processed box dinners and go towards cooking from scratch at least twice a week. So, I decided to try giving my family a homemade version of the usual box mac n cheese. Here is what I came up with:

"Not From a Box Mac N Cheese"


1 box Macaroni Noodles (dry)
 Cheese Sauce:
1 stick of butter
1 2/3 C. Milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 C. Pepperjack Cheese
1 tsp. Ground Dry Mustard
4 Tbsp. Flour

Cook Macaroni Noodles as directed on the box.
I used the new Skinner "Quick Cook" Macaroni Style noodles.
 They took I think about 3 minutes to make.
 In a medium sized saucepan, melt the stick of butter over medium heat.
 Once melted, add your flour one tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated.
 Once your flour is cooked through, add your milk, salt, and dry mustard until combined.
Cook for about 5 minutes.
 Add in your shredded cheddar and pepperjack cheeses until melted into sauce. 
Cook for another 5 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour sauce over macaroni noodles.
 Top with a bit more shredded cheese.

Result: The family thoroughly enjoyed it! This will become a staple in our household.

Tips: If you like it even spicier, I would add a 1/8 tsp. of cayanne pepper. (I'm not that brave)



ape2016 said...

I love making home made mac and cheese, it is much easier than people would think and so worth the effort! I love to add some canned petite diced tomatoes to mine!

Amy said...

Mmm..that looks really good. I've never made Not from the Box mac and cheese--and I hate from the box mac and cheese--but this one looks good!