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Monday, January 28, 2008


Macaroni and cheese is one of the all time favorite comfort foods. Rich, creamy with a crispy top, its rich in calcium and protein and makes a wonderful hot meal anytime of year. In the winter time it is a substantial meal that kids adore.

Children need their calcium and one way to provide it for them is with dairy meals rich in milk and cheese. Serve it piping hot in a pretty baking dish, with a hot vegetable or fresh salad and some hot crusty bread dripping with creamy rich butter for a satisfying meal for lunch or supper anytime.
This recipe is one of the best around and the results are popular and beloved.
Grate the sharpest cheddar cheese you can find. You will need about 2 or 3 cups of it. You can find cheese already grated if you look around. Set this aside.
While your oven is preheating to 450°F , you can bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and then add your macaroni. You can use any kind you wish, elbow , Ziti, shells, wagon wheels, its your recipe now and you know what you and your family like so go ahead and experiment .
Follow directions on the package to cook the macaroni, but make sure it is very al dente and not soft. It will continue to cook in the oven.
You can begin your sauce while the macaroni is cooking a bit.
Assemble you goods which will include:
4 cups of warm milk, or warm evaporated milk. The evaporated makes for a richer recipe.
Now melt about 5 tablespoons of butter and shake in 1/2 cup of flour and using a whisk or a fork, whip it smooth. Then add this to the warmed milk and whisk again while heating a bit til it thickens up.
Remove from the heat. You can add a bit of salt.. a pinch and some pepper if you wish. Red pepper wil give a kick.. be careful though, not too much here. Now add in as much of the cheese as you wish for the taste you want. Do a taste test as you whisk in the cheese to melt in the sauce base. When you like the cheddary taste, then stop adding cheese and reserve the rest for topping. If you feel its not seasoned enough, add a small bit of salt and pepper and if you like a kick, you can also add a drop or two of hot pepper sauce. For kids though, plain cheese does the trick.
Once your macaroni is par boiled ..very al dente.. you can drain it and add to the cheese sauce and toss til every piece is coated well.
Place into a lightly buttered casserole baking dish . Sprinkle the top with the rest of the cheese, and now pop into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or til the top is a lovely golden brown.
If you like extra crisp on the top, you can take some bread crumbs, about 1/3 cup and toss lightly with melted butter, then sprinkle them on the top of the cheese topping. This will give a nice crispy coating.
I hope you enjoy this!

3 comments:

  1. What a deliciously cute blog. I'll have to be sure to come back from time to time for more.

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  2. Thanks and glad you were curious enough to stop by! :D

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