Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Tastiest Mac& Cheese

It seems most kids these days prefer the yucky processed mac & cheese in the blue box over moms home made rendition which is usually far healthier not to mention way tastier. Well, moms fear no more, I finally found a recipe even the pickiest of kids seem to enjoy! I have not had a complaint ever! I honestly don't see much different in this one than many others, but there must be something, cause even my kids eat it. Not only that, they BEG for it several nights a week!

I got this recipe from the Sara Snow show on TLC(one of the few reasons I miss my cable!!)

Mac & Cheese
I usually double this for my family of six and we get a few left overs for lunch the next day!
1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
3 T butter
3 T flour
1/2 t salt
dash pepper
2 C grated cheddar cheese
2 cups milk
2-4 roma tomatoes sliced(to me this is a must for an adult friendly touch, but alas, two of my kiddos are tomato haters, so I don't get to add this touch as often as I like. Another idea I've heard of people trying is broccoli )
1 C bread crumbs(I use homemade, when I slice my fresh bread I save the crumbs in a freezer bag in the freezer, or when I have left over bread I fear wont get eaten quickly enough I run it through the food processor to create crumbs. Homemade crumbs really are so much tastier than store bought! If you're not making your own yet, I HIGHLY suggest you start...TODAY!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook pasta until firm
Melt butter. Blend in flour. Whisk in milk.
Cook at medium heat until thick.
Add salt and pepper, and 1 1/2 cups of cheese.
Stir to melt.
Place cooked macaroni in greased baking dish.
Pour sauce in. Top with sliced tomatoes(or broccoli, or skip all together!)
Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs, bake for about 35 minutes. Start with lid on and then take it off for about the last 20 minutes.
I usually serve with Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans and either salad or a green veggie! Enjoy!