Friday, July 18, 2014

Real Simple Mac-N-Cheese


On occasion, I enjoy reading the magazine,
Real Simple,
as I have a passion for organization.
Their motivating organizing articles 
and streamlining techniques for household tasks
fill my heart with joy.  Really.
The same simplified philosophy is evident in their recipes.

Their cookbook was ordered from the library,
and we've been enjoying a few of the simple recipes.
This one's a keeper.

***One exciting note-if you're at all familiar with past recipes posted here, you know that I usually have to substitute dairy milk with rice or almond milk.
It's recently been discovered that I can indeed tolerate cow's milk,
so I have been savoring all things dairy!
(Yes, this includes loads of chocolate ice cream!)

Macaroni and Cheese
(Real Simple Meals Made Easy)
1 lb. elbow macaroni (any type will do)
5 T unsalted butter
1/2 C  flour
6 C whole milk
3 1/2 C grated Cheddar cheese
3 t kosher salt (*see note)
1 C dry bread crumbs
1/4 C fresh flat-leafed parsley, finely chopped
1/4 C olive oil
1/4 t pepper

Cook macaroni according to package directions.
Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
Slowly, add flour and cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
Add milk in steady stream and cook 7 minutes.
Add Cheddar and 2 t of the salt, and cook 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a large casserole with additional butter and place cooked noodles inside.
Pour cheese sauce over macaroni.
In a small jar, mix together parsley, breadcrumbs, oil, pepper and remaining salt.
Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake uncovered, about 25 minutes.
Enjoy!

*Note:  We found the recipe a bit salty, 
so next time we will reduce the salt to 1 1/2 t total.



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