I am 100% guilty of ‘cooking up’ a quick box of Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese for the girls at least once a week. I always add some veggies to the mix, but still… it’s a processed dinner and I feel guilty sometimes. I also try and not be too hard on myself, because life is busy and Mac ‘n’ Cheese is guaranteed to be eaten, so… yah!
That is why I am so excited about this new recipe I tried last week for homemade macaroni and cheese. Not precessed. The real deal. And it was too silly easy to make. I modified it slightly and I think you’ll love it as much as we all did. Portia asked for seconds… twice.
Start by boiling some water in a pot and cooking your elbow macaroni according to the directions on the package. In a separate pot, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, some salt and pepper, all on medium-high heat.
Add in the half & half cream and milk and cook until it starts bubbling.
Next, reduce the heat to low and add the cheddar + mozzarella cheese. Stir until smooth.
Pour over your cooked and drained macaroni noodles and THAT IS ALL!
How ridiculously easy is that? And it tastes soooo good! I added some steamed broccoli to our macaroni, which was a nice way to add some veggies. You could also add some cauliflower or peas, or or or…. the possibilities are endless. It’s such a great recipe to PIN and have on hand for those days that you’re tempted to pull out the boxed dinner options from the pantry 😉
3 cups dry macaroni noodles
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
1 cup half & half cream
1 cup medium or sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp paprika (to garnish-optional)
2 cups steamed broccoli (or other veggies- optional)
- Cook macaroni noodles according to instructions on the package.
- In a large pot, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, salt and pepper, all over medium-high heat.
- Add in the half & half cream and milk and cook until it starts bubbling.
- Next, reduce the heat to low and add the cheddar + mozzarella cheese. Stir until smooth.
- Pour over your cooked and drained macaroni noodles and ENJOY!