Do you still make the boxed kind of Mac & Cheese? We did for the longest time. It was just so quick and easy to pick it up at the store and fix it as a quick side dish or a something for the kids to eat. But then I started to think about all the extra preservatives and colors in there … and let’s face it, that yellow powder that comes with the box kind is not cheese.
I started playing around with some homemade recipes and came up with this version.
The recipe is from the Homemade Convenience Food eBook.
- 1½ cups elbow macaroni
- • 1½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- • 3 Tbsp butter, cut up into little pieces
- • ½ cup milk
- • salt and pepper to taste
- Boil macaroni until it is just tender, then drain.
- Meanwhile, spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray.
- After draining macaroni, pour ½ macaroni into casserole dish. Arrange ½ of the pieces of butter on top of the macaroni, then top with ½ of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers again. Pour milk over the top and add a sprinkling of salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes.
- No more need for boxed mixes. This is just as easy, if not easier; you don't have to stand and stir a pot.
While this takes a little time, it is well worth it. If you are in a hurry, just boil some pasta, drain it, put it in a bowl and add a little butter and grated cheese. Stir it all up and serve. It’s not as good as the recipe above, but much tastier and healthier than the box kind.
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