I checked my cell phone and saw a missed call from lil' sis. That's strange. She almost never calls me, preferring instead to text message. She's sick. Been feeling sick for the past three days. Tried to go grocery shopping but all the food made her nauseous. She ate all the food I had made and froze for her. And how come I'm not there to take care of her? If she were home, she'd crawl into bed with me, but since she's not, she just wanted to whine on the phone.
I told her I just made a big batch of mac and cheese.
Ooooh, can I save some for her because she's coming home this weekend?
I told her I made such a big batch that I divided it and froze it into packets for her to bring back to school.
Macaroni and Cheese
For about six servings:
Bechamel Sauce (You can easily halve the recipe.)
1 1-lb bag of macaroni noodles, boiled and drained
8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 tsp salt, or more according to taste
Optional: 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 diced onion, cayenne pepper, chicken, canned tuna, broccoli, anything you wish really!
Prepare the bechamel sauce per my instructions. If you'd like to add the minced garlic or onion, add those to the butter before you put in the flour so it gets incorporated into the sauce. I highly suggest doing this as it lends another dimension to the cheesy sauce.
Add 8 oz grated cheddar cheese. I like Texas Longhorn cheddar or extra sharp cheddar but it's up to you. Add 1/2 tsp salt. Stir until the cheese has melted. I like to add a bit of cayenne pepper at this point, or garlic seasoning if you didn't want to add minced garlic before.
Then add the boiled and drained macaroni noodles.
Homemade mac and cheese that's not made of powdered orange cheese. And in about the same amount of time too.
Who made my recipe for mac and cheese?
Christine||enitsirhC said, "I've never made homemade stovetop mac 'n cheese, but her recipe looked yummy and approachable for a rookie like me."
My other mac and cheese recipes:
Macaroni and Cheese with Beef and Tomatoes
Spicy Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken
1 year ago today, Chao Hot Vit Bach Thao (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Preserved Duck Egg).