Raining, windy days are a simple cry for comfort food. It made me think of my mother and her Simple Homemade Macaroni & Cheese. She didn’t make it often, but when she did you were in for a great treat. I’ve never made it for my kids, so I decided last night would be the night. It’s time to show these kids who’s boss and that the box – has nothin’ on me!
Let me show you the way….
How to make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese – the light(er) version
2 Cups (8oz) Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Tillamook
16oz boxed Pasta
3/4 Cup 2% milk, reserving 1/4
1 Can (12oz) Evaporated Milk
1/4 tsp Ground Mustard, disolved in 1tsp Water
1/8 tsp Garlic (optional)
2 tsp cornstarch
How to prepare:
1. Cook pasta in a large pot according to directions on package, adding 1 1/2 tsp salt to the water. While I didn’t use gluten free pasta, I am pretty sure it can be done. Drain the pasta and leave in colander.
2. Add evaporated milk, 1/2 cup of 2% Milk, Mustard, Garlic if using and 1/2 tsp salt in now empty pan over med-high heat and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile while those ingredients are having a party – whisk together the remaining 1/4 milk and 2 tsp cornstarch together, then whisk into pot. Continue to stir the pot allowing it to thicken, about 2 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and slowly add in the cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in pasta and mix until well combined. Let the mac & cheese sit for 2-5 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.
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What’s your favorite comfort food?
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