Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bye, Bye Kraft........Hello Homemade!

Are you fearful your kiddo might not like your homemade version of the childhood favorite macaroni and cheese?  Fear not, I have the quick, easy and kiddo approved mac and cheese for you.  You'll never be tempted to purchase the box stuff again, guaranteed!  After making this recipe it is the most requested meal I make, even hubby asks for my special mac 'n cheese!  You may find yourself tiring of making this marvelous masterpiece but your family won't lose interest.  Pair it with a yummylicious grilled PB&J and you've got the makings of an incredible and unforgettable lunch time treat!

Buckle up for a quick ride down the cheese and noodle highway and prepare your tastebuds for mac and cheese nirvana!!

Easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

4 C. Elbow macaroni (uncooked)
6 C. milk
2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional but makes this dish fabulous)
1/2 C. butter
3 C. Shredded sharp cheddar
1/2 C. Shredded Parmesan cheese

1 - In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
2 - Stir in flour and salt.
3 - Add mustard, cayenne pepper (if using), milk and macaroni (the milk does not need to boil before adding the macaroni)
4 - Bring to a boil, stirring often to prevent clumping.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until pasta is tender.  stir often.
5 - Remove from heat.  Stir in cheese in 3 batches, stirring until cheese melts.
6 - Let sit 5 minutes before serving.  It may look a bit runny when fresh-made but the dish will thicken nicely after standing a few minutes.

Like I said, serve this ultimate side dish with your favorite sandwich (mine happens to be a grilled PB&J), some fresh fruit and you've got yourself a top-notch lunch your kids will be begging for again and again.


Happy Cooking!

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