How to Cook: Mac and Cheese

How to Cook: Mac and Cheese

Recipe Rating: 3.14907
Serves 6
Jump right into this super simple method for making everybody's favorite comfort food, using just milk, flour, cheese and macaroni.
  • 1 pound whole wheat or regular elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 cups reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pound grated Cheddar cheese, about 2 cups
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta well.

Meanwhile, whisk together milk and flour in a medium pot. Bring milk mixture just to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. It should be about the consistency of heavy whipping cream, so reduce the heat and gently simmer for a minute or so, stirring often, if it needs more time to thicken. 

Remove pot from the heat and gently stir in cheese, one handful at a time, until the sauce is smooth. Stir in salt and black pepper. Add pasta, sitr well and serve. 

Transform this creamy dish into a baked favorite by transferring finished mac and cheese to an oiled baking dish, top with breadcrumbs and more grated cheese, and bake at 350°F until melted and golden.

Consider stirring in different veggies, cheeses or meats to oomph up the nutrition and make this dish grand. Here are some of our favorites:

Thinly sliced kale, spinach or Swiss chard
Steamed broccoli florets
Diced heirloom tomatoes
Small pieces of goat milk Brie
Blue cheese crumbles
Chopped smoked salmon
Cooked crab cakes, broken into pieces
Diced cooked meatballs 
Shredded barbeque or rotisserie chicken
Frozen vegetable blends
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 500 calories (140 from fat), 16g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 50mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 69g carbohydrates, (7 g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 25g protein.
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