Tuesday, February 26, 2008

mac & cheese...

2 cups dry elbow macaroni
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 1/2 cups milk
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 slices bread, made into crumbs
1 Tbsp melted butter

Cook pasta in water about 8-10 min until tender, but still a little firm. Drain. In a medium saucepan cook onion in butter on med heat until translucent. Stir in flour, salt & pepper and cook & stir about 1 min. Add milk all at once, stirring constantly. Cook and stir over med heat until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until melted. Add macaroni to cheese sauce (or vice versa). Put in a greased baking dish. Add bread crumbs and drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min.

This is no boxed mac & cheese! This one is for the adults...but the kiddies will love it, too...bonus! I use dried, minced onions (I do that in a lot of recipes) that way you get the flavor, but the kids don't even know it's there. As far as the amount of the dried onion...you really only need a large pinch...vague, huh? For the cheese...I'm not too much of an ingredient snob...but on this one, since it is the main ingredient, use a good one. I like Tillamook (sharp or medium cheddar). If you have less mouths to feed than I do, you can easily cut this recipe in half. Try this one...talk about comfort food!!


alison said...

We had Mac n Cheese last night for dinner too. Except, ours was from a box.

Jennie said...

tonight was homemade mac and cheese night. DELICIOUS! The kids loved it. I used velveeta only because I had some in my fridge and I needed to use it. it was good though. Can I just say one more time how much I love that you do this? Keep em coming and I will keep making your delicious dinners. It makes my life soooo much easier when I can pull this up and choose and know that it will be good!

Barbara said...

So happy your kids will eat this. I remember making real mac and cheese for somebody's kids (my memory gets the best of me) anyway they wouldn't eat it because it wasn't yellow enough and the mac was too soft. They just loved the boxed crap--(oops) er I mean stuff.
This looks really gooooood.mmmmmm.