Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Classic Favorite: Mac N Cheese

Sometimes you just need a trip down memory lane with some classic comfort foods. I had a craving for Mac N Cheese but seeing how the days of "Macroni Express" are behind me, I thought I'd make my own.

What you need:
2 cups of macaroni elbows
2 cups of broccoli florets
1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
Assorted other cheeses like asiago, parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
3 cups of milk (perferbbly 2% or whole)
pinch of cayenne
1 cup stock (chicken or vegetable, whatever you have on hand)

The "How to":
1. Boil a pot of water for the macaroni elbows, once it's at a boil, salt for seasoning (optional) and add in your pasta
2. After 10 minutes, add in your broccoli so it can cook as well
3. Heat a medium pan over medium heat on your stove top
4. Add in butter and once melted, add in flour and cayenne and whisk quickly to combine, this creates a roux (make sure you don't over cook because it'll leave the cheese tasting chalky later)
5. Add in milk and stock
6. Let sauce thicken (should take about 5 minutes)
7. Remove one cup of starchy pasta water and reserve for cheese sauce to come
8. Drain out pasta and broccoli and leave to the side for a moment
9. Add in your cheese and keep folding together until all is well blended
10. If the sauce is too thick and hard to mix, add a little bit of starchy water until it's at the consistency you want it
11. Add in your pasta and broccoli, combine well
12. Adjust seasoning as need

Voila! Mac and Cheese the grown up way :)

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