Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mac n Cheese...

I finally made a decent batch of mac n cheese. After quiet a few flops. You can use light cheese in this recipe from the April issue of Cooking Light. I used whatever I had on hand. No light cheeses. It came out great. We finally enjoyed a nice bowl of creamy mac n cheese. Finally.

Although compared to this one from way back, anything is an improvement :)
We needed to actually scrape it off the plate.



 But this one was light, creamy and cheesy. Perfect. and it had a nice toasted bread crumb topping.



Easy Mac and Cheese
original recipe from Cooking Light, April 2013

1 box elbow macaroni
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
dash of ground red pepper
3/4 cup Velveeta cheese, cut in chunks, or shredded
2/3 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more or less to taste
1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs (I used brioche)

Preheat broiler.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

While the pasta cooks, combine milk, flour, and red and black peppers in a saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; keep stirring, cook until thick, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add cheeses and salt; stir until smooth. Add pasta, and stir to coat. Spoon mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over top; broil 2 minutes or until browned. Watch carefully so the breadcrumbs don't burn.

37 comments:

  1. This looks yummy! Maybe I can convert my grandchildren, who are firm fans of the from-the-box mac and cheese.

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    1. LOL, my kids love the blue box, too :)

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  2. Yummy looking...that is my favorite comfort food, no one could make it quite as good as my mother! I might need to make some for dinner tonight. Have you ever tried it with Cabot's habanero cheddar...heaven! I always put a little bit of dried mustard in mine, too.

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    1. Great idea about the habanero, we'll try it! Thanks Marigene.

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  3. I make Annie's organic mac & cheese for Mack every Monday. He thinks it's called Mac n Cheese because it's Mack's cheese - LOL. I'd love to try this recipe to see if he would eat it instead of having to buy the boxed stuff which can get expensive.

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    1. Lol, that is funny! I hope he likes it. My kids will eat any kind of Mac n cheese.

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  4. Mac and cheese is my favorite! I will try your recipe soon, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Nothing better than a good Mac & Cheese! I had to chuckle at the first pic-been there, done that:@)

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  6. I have always had a problem with grainy mac and cheese, I will have to give this a try it looks creamy and delicious.

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  7. An ultimate comfort food! Love this!

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  8. I love mac n cheese! Sadly, my husband won't eat it - he ate boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese when he moved for a job and was waiting for his first paycheck to buy real food. He said after eating that for 1.5 weeks, he'd never eat another mac n cheese and he hasn't - not even my homemade version!

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  9. Glad you found one you liked. I have made my recipe a hundred times and never had a problem , it is pretty close to this recipe.

    My gsons only eat Kraft! Lily loves mine though. Someday those boys will learn!

    Hope all is well!

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  10. Mac and cheese looks good. The beautiful thing about it is there are so many ways you do make mac and cheese. Me personally I like to add some bacon bits on top along with the cheese :)

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  11. I love mac and cheese!! I haven't made homemade one actually, but I'll be sure to make some soon!

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  12. This is one of those things I eat when I feel ill. Like my bro who eats egg in a cup. Very soothing stuff, mac and cheese.

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  13. Pasta and cheese is just a heavenly combo!Love your dish!
    many kisses,sweet Carol!

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  14. That is comfort food at its finest, Carol. Simply delicious!

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  15. You know, I've never, ever made mac and cheese. I'd like to try because my husband loves it.

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  16. Looks so creamy! Mac & Cheese is comfort food.
    ~Judy

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  17. This looks yummy! Maybe I can make it ;o) My son is the one who makes awesome mac and cheese. I never even try!

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  18. I love, love, love mac & cheese. It's my favorite comfort food. This looks like a great version! Hope all is well in your corner of the world!

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  19. Hi Carol,

    I prefer your lighter version of Mac n cheese... It looks creamy and delicious with less guilt! Sounds perfect to me :D

    Zoe

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  20. Mac n cheese is one of those foods that I always eat way too much of. A favorite of mine and I like the sound and look of yours!!!

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  21. My friend Alice made an amazing mac and cheese and mixed egg in to make it more creamy-- it was so good!

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  22. I love to return back to classics from time to time. This is a very inviting all time classic meal!

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  23. It is good to see you blogging again, Carol! I am so glad you are able to enjoy seafood again, too!

    Life has been hectic for me but I am loving every second of taking care of my granddaughter during the day as my daughter went back to work full time. We have had a lot of snow here in Colorado this spring --in fact we had 8 inches yesterday! I hope summer treats us better!

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  24. This looks super delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  25. Don't think I ever made it. Dig having it with stewed tomatoes at our local diner.

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  26. I love mac-n cheese but limit making it to four times a year. Your recipe looks fantastic and makes me hungry for it and its only seven o'clock in the morning.

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  27. This is the kind of creamy, cheesy goodness dreams are made of. No low-fat ingredients allowed. Ever. It's mac and cheese, for Pete's sake.

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  28. Oh...this mac n Cheese looks great. I've tried a few recipes and nothing I liked yet. I'll definitely give this one a try next time. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  29. MMmm.
    comfort food to the MAXxxxxx!

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  30. I saw this title and had to come over and comment. Just last week I finally made a decent batch of Mac and Cheese and on the stovetop. Isn't it just about the best thing ever!

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    1. Love mac n cheese. I usually screw it up though LOL! Going over to check out your recipe!

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