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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... 5 Step Macaroni & Cheese

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.
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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.

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Add in the half & half cream and milk and cook until it starts bubbling.

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Next, reduce the heat to low and add the cheddar + mozzarella cheese. Stir until smooth.

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Pour over your cooked and drained macaroni noodles and THAT IS ALL!

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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 😉

Ingredients:

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)

Method:

  1. Cook macaroni noodles according to instructions on the package.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, salt and pepper, all over medium-high heat.
  3. Add in the half & half cream and milk and cook until it starts bubbling.
  4. Next, reduce the heat to low and add the cheddar + mozzarella cheese. Stir until smooth.
  5. Pour over your cooked and drained macaroni noodles and ENJOY!

 

Macaroni & Cheese

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Marsalie

    December 14, 2015 #1 Author

    Sounds like a perfect and easy meal. Thanks for the idea.

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  • Sarah Kilmartin

    December 15, 2015 #2 Author

    delicious! Mac & Cheese (usually Annie’s) is a staple in our house :)

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  • Mike Gismondi

    December 30, 2015 #3 Author

    I’m going to try this – my daughter loves mac and cheese

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  • Melanie Barclay

    January 3, 2016 #4 Author

    This looks and sounds so yummy and easy!

    Look forward to trying this!

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  • Judy Cowan

    February 2, 2016 #5 Author

    Sounds good to me, we love homemade Macaroni & Cheese in this house!

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  • Marilyn Legault

    February 10, 2016 #6 Author

    We love to add a can of tuna fish to our mac and cheese. Spices it up.

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  • Lee-Ann

    February 29, 2016 #7 Author

    I have never attempted home made mac and cheese – don’t cook the instant kind either, but I just may trey this!

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  • Suzanne G

    February 29, 2016 #8 Author

    I usually make the packaged mac and cheese. I do not care for pasta but I believe I will make this for my daughter and grandchildren next time they visit. The grandchildren and my daughter absolutely love mac and cheese and I am thinking this homemade will be amazing.

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  • Elizabeth Vlug

    March 2, 2016 #9 Author

    Pure comfort food. I make a similar recipe, but then bake it for about 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Maybe it is my excuse to add more bread crumbs and cheese for that crusty top. A friend recently told me she included mashed squash to her mac and cheese, something I think I might try too. Thank you for sharing your recipe, love the idea of the broccoli addition.

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  • marie s

    March 5, 2016 #10 Author

    we always make our own version of baked macaroni but its with canned tomatoes. I will definitely try this recipe because I’ve been thinking of making creamy mac

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  • Krista M

    March 8, 2016 #11 Author

    I use a lot of variations of boxed macaroni, it’s a great base! It’s fun to be creative. Sometimes I add in 1/4 cup of spaghetti sauce for some zing. Or crumbled sausage & tomato. I’ve never tried cauliflower yet though! That sounds super great!

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  • Terri Baker

    March 12, 2016 #12 Author

    I can see this quickly becoming a family favourite! SO much better than the boxed stuff and easy to make.

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  • Wanda Tracey

    March 23, 2016 #13 Author

    This sounds so good and I have never made Mac and Cheese this way.I am going to make this next time instead of Kraft dinner.Thank you. :)

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  • Rajbinder Kaur

    November 29, 2016 #14 Author

    I am definitely trying this yummy recipe! So easy and so so good! cheers

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