Saturday, 5 March 2011

COOKING ~ Easy Cheesy Mac & Cheese

Photograph of this dish from the Kraft recipe website.

Alisdair hadn't had any "Home Economics" lessons for a while, so last night we decided he could learn how to make macaroni and cheese.  Usually we just cook a box of some kind of Kraft Dinner (often no-name or store brand) but the home baked variety is so much better!

We used the recipe printed on the back of the Kraft shredded cheese package (we don't usually buy it pre-grated, but it was on sale).

Easy Cheesy Mac & Cheese

2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
2-1/2 cups milk
3 cups Kraft Mozza-Cheddar Shredded Cheese, divided

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook onions in butter in large saucepan on medium heat 3 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add flour; cook and stir 1 min. Add milk; cook 5 min., stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 min. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese.

DRAIN macaroni. Add to cheese sauce; toss to coat. Spoon into greased casserole dish; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

We started with a bag of shredded "Mozza-Cheddar."
The recipe called for "elbow macaroni" but we used
"Rotini" as we had some in the cupboard and the spirals are kind of fun!
When the pasta was cooked, we drained it and set
 it aside.  Meanwhile, we made the cheese sauce.

Alisdair sauteed the onions in margarine.

Flour added to the onion mixture.
After the milk was added, Alisdair stirred
 the mixture constantly for some time.

Adding shredded cheese to the onion,
 butter, flour and milk mixture.

Stirring in the cheese until it melted.
  You can see we also added ground pepper
and salt (even though the recipe didn't call for it.)

Sauce and pasta mixed together and placed in a greased casserole dish.

Adding shredded "Mozza-Cheddar" to the top
 of the pasta & cheese mixture.  We also sprinkled
on some crumbled "Ripple Chips" before baking it.
All done and ready to eat.  Melted cheese that pulled into little strings when dished out!
Chef Alisdair's verdict ~ a five star rating!  He also enjoyed the microwaved leftovers for his lunch today.  We'll definitely be making this recipe again.

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