Macaroni & Cheese

  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup instant dry milk powder
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted (1/2 a stick)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (Colby is traditional)
  • 4 oz of Velveeta type cheese, cut into chunks OR the equivalent of sliced sandwich cheese, torn into smallish pieces
  • a pinch of dry mustard
  • a pinch of salt

This is an incredibly rich version of that old favorite, macaroni and cheese. It isn’t the cheapest recipe for Mac ‘n Cheese. It is, however, the least expensive of all of the deluxe versions I have found in my church pot-luck travels. It is also really high in protein which is a good thing when your oldest boy won’t eat meat, but loves mac ‘n cheese. First boil the macaroni until it in tender in plenty of boiling salted water. When it is soft, drain it very well.

Meanwhile oil a 3-quart casserole or a 9 by 13-inch rectangular pan. Combine the dry milk powder, water, melted margarine, eggs, dry mustard and salt in the oiled casserole. I use a whisk to get it all emulsified nicely.

Sprinkle the shredded cheese and Velveeta-type cheese (or torn up sandwich slices) into the milk mixture. Add the macaroni too. Stir it all up until the cheese is sort of evenly distributed. One needn’t be obsessive about this part; randomness of the cheese distribution stands out as one of the charms of this creamy delicacy. Every third bite or so, has an extra gooey bit of cheese in it, which delights the palette of even an unsophisticated hillbilly. Bake the casserole at 350 ° for about half an hour. The cheese should be melted, and the milk should be absorbed into the dish, making it creamy and delicious. If desired, a bit of shredded cheese may be sprinkled on top of the casserole before baking.

This recipe serves about 8, fewer if they are gluttons. Which means it feeds my family for one meal as the main dish, without leftovers. I like to serve it with a plain green vegetable like broccoli or spinach, and a light dessert like gelatin with fruit, or even plain canned fruit cocktail. Tomato juice would be a good beverage to serve along side. As a side dish, this quantity serves about 10 or 12, once again, depending on how many macaroni cheese gluttons are in attendance. Excellent for pot lucks and the like.

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