Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Essentials: Baked Mac and Cheese

Everyone has a favorite Mac and Cheese and for a lot of us it happened to have come in a blue box. That was a familiar option in our house growing up but wasn't nearly as exciting as when the baked version would appear on the table. It's a fairly simple casserole that only has to involve boiling water as the prep for the pasta. No making a cheese sauce first or sauteing onions for this one. Just layer in the ingredients and go. The best part is it's adaptable, you can dump in whatever leftover meat or veggies from the week if you'd like or add fresh ham and peas, a popular option around these parts.
What version of Mac and Cheese was your favorite growing up?
Ingredients
  • 1 lb macaroni
  • 1 lb shredded cheese
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt and Pepper

Optional add ins
  • 1 Cup Peas, 1 Cup Ham
  • Replace 1/4 lb pasta with broccoli, 1 Cup cooked Chicken

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cook pasta till just al dente
  3. Drain pasta
  4. Spray a covered casserole with non-stick spray
  5. Layer 1/3rd of pasta into bottom of dish sprinkle some salt and pepper over pasta, cover with 1/3rd of cheese and 1/3rd of butter, season l
  6. Repeat layers twice more
  7. Pour milk into a corner
  8. Bake for 30 minutes covered
  9. Remove lid and turn oven up to 450 for 15 minutes
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