December 04, 2008

Macaroni and Cheese

I've been seeing posts all over the blogsphere for Macaroni and Cheese. As a child, I never cared to eat the macaroni and cheese my mom made. I figure it was because of the sharp cheese. But, as an adult, I love it! My only obstacle? Yup. You guessed it. Grumpy. He actually prefers the Velveeta Shells & Cheese - and it has to be regular, can't be the low fat. I totally cannot eat the boxed Mac & Cheese. To me it is way too salty.

Tonight I had to give in to my craving. I figured Grumpy would grin and bear it. Ok, maybe not grin but he would bear it. he he. I was short about 1 cup of cheddar cheese so I subbed some swiss to make up my total of 3 cups of cheese. Otherwise, I made it as listed below. The recipe comes from my Better Homes and Gardens checkered cookbook!

Macaroni and Cheese
Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

8 ounces dried elbow macaroni (2 cups)
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2-1/2 cups milk
3 cups cheddar cheese

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain; set aside.

Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, in a medium saucepan cook onion in hot butter until tender but not brown. Stir in flour and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add cheeses, stirring until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni. Transsfer mixture to a 2-quart casserole.

Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until bubly and heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

29 comments:

noble pig said...

Oh my that is so heart warming, wow, I love it!

Cristine said...

I love mac & cheese! Yours looks so yummy! Hope Grumpy tried to enjoy it! :)

Susan said...

This looks sinful- I am a sucker for pasta and cheese- put them together and Im in heaven.

Amanda said...

This looks really good. I just made homemade mac and cheese the other night for the first time. We've always had the boxed stuff. It was too bland for me, I think it's the cheddar. Next time I am buying some block American cheese from the deli and making it with that :)

Jessie said...

Oh, looks so good!

+Jessie
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

shellyfish said...

That's so funny that your husband prefers boxed! We used to beg our dad or mum (both made it) for homemade mac when we were kids...I make a pretty good vegan version - I'm sure he'd *love* that! :)
How did we both end up with such picky boys? Good thing they're cute.

Jessie said...

my boyfriend is the same way with mac and cheese. He's all about the boxed mac and cheese! I love the way yours look so cheesy so delicious! :)

Reeni said...

I can't stand the boxed stuff, either. I want that real cheesey taste! This looks so delicious and comforting. I may have to make some myself!

Barbara Bakes said...

My husband isn't crazy about Mac & Cheese either. My kids like Easy Mac - it's much better with a little Ground Red Pepper.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Shelby, that looks sooo good! Comfort food at it's best. Kathye

Sabrina said...

That looks so yummy right now. I am so hungry! Now I am craving mac n' cheese, but not from a box. The stuff you made!!! mmmmmmm!!!!!!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks really appealing. I've never been a fan of mac and cheese, probably because I thought it only came from a box and that stuff is just plain wrong. This looks good, though, and so much healthier!

Pam said...

Is Grumpy crazy? How could he prefer the boxed stuff to this beautiful bowl of cheesy goodness? Great pictures Shelby - my mouth is watering.

Megan said...

Mmmm, Love mac and cheese! You make me want to give in and make a soul warming crock of yummy goodness.

Bellini Valli said...

You will remember the days when your kids were young and their friends would invite themselves for dinner....wink...I do remember the time when the two sweeties across the street wanted to stay because we were having Mac 'n Cheese. Well....they didn't get their usual Kraft Dinner asnd the one did say while eating it would make her "puke". Since for me it is THE comfort food I can't imagine:D

Robin Sue said...

Mac and cheese is the best comfort food ever! I should make some for the weekend! Thanks for the reminder, I needed some inspiration, and yes Mac and Cheese is inspiring to me!!

Lisa said...

This is the best. My son prefers the boxed kind too.

Joie de vivre said...

The ultimate comfort food! So Grumpy wasn't converted by this?

Debbie said...

Oh my word that looks good!!!
I want some.

Megan said...

I'm glad you finally gave in, because homemade is FAR superior to the boxed kind. I only tried the boxed brand once at a friends house. It was enough to convince me that no one should ever suffer like that again.

Medena said...

Looks so creamy, and yummy!
I can't eat boxed mac & cheese as well. Salt doesn't bother me in boxed stuff or in anything, I love salt, it's everything else that doesn't taste right from the box!
Homemade is way better; I make something more like a mac & cheese casserole with several different cheeses, I should probably post it, but my kids still prefer the boxed ones, go figure!

Linda said...

Comfort food...always! I use 3 cheeses in mine. Yummy

Carrie said...

How can anyone NOT like homemade mac & cheese??? It is SO much better than the boxed tripe!

Patsyk said...

Now, that looks like pure and unadulterated comfort food. Just what I crave all winter long!

Kaitlin said...

oh my that looks SO delicious!!

SK said...

YUM! That looks tasty and delightful! I made some a few weeks ago and truly - once you eat homemade, it is hard to go back.

J.Danger said...

homemade macaroni and cheese is my favorite comfort food. Every time I make it, my husband always asks me "Whats wrong". I always go to it. Yours looks so fabulous!

Jessica said...

i made a version of your recipe, without the onion and topped it off with ian's panko italian seasoned bread crumbs. DELICIOUS! oh my.

HoneyB said...

Jessica! I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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