Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mac and Cheese

Kaspian LOVES mac and cheese. We have tried making it from the box and in little microwaveable bowls, and it just doesn't seem that edible to real people. Even Kaspian only eats a few spoons of it usually and then stops. Yet, he keeps requesting it. So, we're on a quest to find easy but edible mac and cheese.
We made it from this recipe for lunch today: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/238691/simple-macaroni-and-cheese/ . It actually turned out quite good. It was very easy to make. We made the sauce while the pasta was cooking and that worked out really well. The whole process took about 20 minutes.

Kaspian may like the mac and cheese because he helps make it. He adds the pasta to the boiling water, and then adds the cheese packet. Even for this pasta, he insisted on adding the cheese packet, but that didn't seem to affect anything but the color of the sauce :) The amount of sauce we made could have used more pasta, but it's not bad to have extra cheesy sauce!

Actually good mac and cheese!

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) box elbow macaroni
1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk into butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Add Cheddar cheese to milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.
3. Fold macaroni into cheese sauce until coated.

What we liked:

Easy, quick, and actually good mac and cheese.

What we didn't like:

Kaspian pouring the fake cheese packet..but there was no stopping him!

What Kaspian thought about it:

HE LOVED IT. He ate two bowls for lunch and a large helping for dinner. 

Next time:

No changes, the recipe is great.