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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Super Easy, Super Cheesy Stovetop Macaroni

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Super Easy, Super Cheesy Stovetop Macaroni

Macaroni and cheese.

Have three words ever gone together so well?

Okay.  Maybe "I love you".  I'll give you that one.

Otherwise? It's all about the mac and cheese.

I was asked to make this since it had been a long time since we'd had the real deal.  Hey, I love me some shells and cheese with the orange sauce out of the packet.  But sometimes you just need to get your hands in there and use some real ingredients.

So that's what I did.

Look at this.


How gorgeous is that? That's 12 oz of cheddar cheese, freshly grated.  I stick to grating myself (1) because it's cheaper and (2) because the bagged, pre-shredded stuff doesn't melt so well.

Meanwhile, I was boiling 3/4lb, or three cups, of dry macaroni.

Aren't they cute?

Once the macaroni was finished cooking and was in the strainer, I melted four tablespoons of butter.

And once that was melted, I added three tablespoons of flour and cooked the flour for a few minutes.

Then I added a cup of milk and allowed it to get bubbly and thicken.

Finally, in went the cheese.  I took it slowly, a small handful at a time sprinkled in, and stirred it to melt the cheese thoroughly between additions.  Don't toss it all in at once!

And here's what you get by the time all the cheese is in and melted.


In goes the macaroni, along with another ingredient which I hadn't tried in the past but which I think helped a bit: a tablespoon of dijon mustard.  It cut the richness and added a little kick as well.  Definitely worthwhile.

A lil' salt, a lil' pepper, and voila! Success!

Yum.  Yum, I say.

Could it be any easier? I'm guessing not.

So give it a shot, okay? Do an extra lap around the block tomorrow.  I know that's what I'll be doing!


Linking up with:

Meatless Monday at Sweet and Savory
Tuesday at the Table - All the Small Things
Tasty Tuesday at Balacing Beauty and Bedlam

Side Dish Showdown Blogger Event



Blogger Cass @ That Old House said...

Mmmmm... I like this even better than the Italian cookies on my blog on Friday! Give me savory any day.
I also like to put a tiny drop of Worcestershire sauce into Mac and cheese -- lends a nice mystery flavor!

And I'm in NORTH Jersey, where the GOOD FOOD is. :-) come on up and see!

March 15, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Ooooh, I never thought of adding that, and I totally have some in my fridge. Hmm, guess I'll just have to make it again to try that out...oh well! haha

March 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Anonymous Aubree Cherie said...

Hi Jen! Thanks for checking out my blog, I also am really glad for the new Meatless Monday blog carnival, its so fun to see what everyone comes up with!

Your mac and cheese looks decadent!!!

March 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Blogger Jerri said...

Oh! That does look good! I love mac & cheese!

March 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Blogger Laura said...

Oh yes!! I love mac and cheese. So do my kids YUM. Thanks for linking up to "Just Another Meatless Monday" So glad to have you along. Now I'm off to peruse a new to me blog :)

March 15, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Blogger Laura said...

Ohhh just read the comment about adding a drop of Worcestershire sauce to the mac and cheese. What a great idea!

March 15, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Blogger mrs. c said...

Yummy comfort food! I add a pinch of cyanene pepper to my mac and cheese and I also use sharp cheddar!

March 15, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Blogger Cinnamon-Girl said...

What a delicious stove-top mac and cheese! I love that you don't have to bake it. An excellent addition to the Showdown! Thanks so much for sending it over!

March 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Blogger Joanne said...

Homemade mac and cheese just always tastes better to me than the powdered boxed stuff. Love all that grated goodness. The cheesier the better!

April 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Blogger Ashlee said...

It looks great! I've been on the lookout for a new homemade mac and cheese recipe for awhile. I'm excited to try it!

April 8, 2010 at 6:07 AM


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