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Macaroni and Cheese

December 4, 2012

Mac and Cheese

It was really cold today so we were craving some comfort food. Originally we planned on making burritos but ended up going with good ol’ mac and cheese. 😉 It wasn’t a complicated recipe but it did take some time. It was also kind of awkward because we don’t have an oven in our kitchen so we used our landlady’s kitchen. She did say it was ok for us to use her kitchen when she wasn’t here, so we did… And then she walked in half way through, haha. I think she ended up not really minding (I hope so at least!). Worst case scenario we move home on December 20th. 😉

Macaroni and Cheese via AllRecipes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese (we didn’t have cheddar so we used a cheese blend)
  • 1/2 cup of flaked parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of flour
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of onion powder
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch of paprika
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 cups of bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cook elbow macaroni according to directions.
  3. Meanwhile, heat butter on medium low heat until melted. Add the flour slowly to make a roux. Slowly add the milk and stir constantly.
  4. Add the cheeses and stir constantly on low heat until cheese is melted.
  5. In a greased saucepan, pour the sauce over the cooked pasta.
  6. In a separate sauce pan, melt the 2 tbsp of butter. Then add the bread crumbs and toast.
  7. Top the macaroni and cheese with the breadcrumbs, along with a sprinkling of paprika.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Serve.

This was a pretty good dish, a bit bland. We did add more spices than the original recipe called for but I think cheese/milk are going to be pretty bland anyways. Considering that’s the bulk of the meal it makes sense. The calorie count is extremely high for this but we also had smaller servings than the recipe said it made… We also ate this with some broccoli so we didn’t feel completely awful! It’s comfort food, not health food haha. I would recommend this dish but I would also recommend doctoring it to fit your palate because it’ll be pretty bland otherwise. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure meal!

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