This isn’t the fanciest thing I make, but it’s definitely the most popular. Once you’ve eaten homemade mac’n’cheese, you’ll never go back to the boxed variety. In addition to being comfort food and an easy side dish, it makes a great base for hearty casseroles.
Ingredients (makes 4 side servings):
1 ½ cups grated old cheddar cheese (or other kind)
2 cups cooked pasta noodles, any shape
1 cup skim milk
1 ½ tbsp flour
Easy Cooking Directions:
Boil pasta as directed on package (times vary according to noodle type and your desired level of tenderness), drain and set aside.
In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, whisk flour into milk. Continue whisking intermittently until milk bubbles and begins to thicken (about 4 to 5 minutes). Resist the urge to walk away—constant whisking eliminates lumpiness.
Reduce heat to minimum and add grated cheese, stirring until smooth.
Stir cooked pasta noodles into the cheese sauce.
Serve and enjoy!
Add in extras for a change of pace or to turn this side dish into a hearty main course. Here are some of my favorites…
Taco-seasoned Ground Beef (To be really fancy, dump it all in a casserole dish, top with crushed tortilla crackers and another sprinkling of grated cheese and broil to make the top warm & crispy.)
Peas and Cubed Ham
Salsa and Diced Chicken Breast
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