Friday, February 20, 2009

Comfort Food

Not much is as good as homemade mac and cheese on a cold night. Last night, I got home late and needed to throw something together quickly with what I had on hand. My friend Lauren came over, and I was going to make Katie's miso chicken bowls, but I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer to thaw, and I really just didn't have the time to let it marinate and cook before Grey's came on. So, I scoured my pantry (well, cabinet) and decided to try my hand at mac and cheese. And, I actually did a "healthier" version, but it was still decadent.

Homemade Mac and Cheese

8 oz elbow macaroni (I used whole wheat)
4 tbsp butter
2-3 tbsp all purpose flour
3 cups milk (I used skim because it was all I had on hand)
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used 2%)
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup bread crumbs (I didn't have bread crumbs on hand, so I just toasted a few slices of whole wheat bread and pulsed them in the food processor to create crumbs)
extra shredded cheddar (about 1/2 cup or so)

Preheat the oven to 350. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat and add enough flour to make a roux, stirring constantly. Add the milk slowly while stirring. Add the cheese and reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally until cheese melts. Drain the pasta and add to a casserole dish. Once the cheese is melted, add the sauce to the pasta and stir so that all of the pasta is evenly coated. Melt the remaining butter in a small saute pan and add the bread crumbs and toss. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the casserole and top with shredded cheese. (Cook's note: I didn't have any tomatoes on hand, but if I did, I would have topped the mac and cheese with sliced tomatoes and then bread crumbs and cheese... yum.) Bake for 30 minutes and serve. I served this with a salad of greens, red onion, craisins, and simple red wine vinaigrette (equal parts red wine vinegar and EVOO, Dijon mustard, and fresh black pepper).


Katie said...

Yummm! And yay for the shout-out :) Do try the miso bowls, they are delish. But funny thing--I have been craving mac and cheese, the real, homemade kind. I'm inspired!

Ghazalie said...

mmmmm -- sounds delish! i actually JUST started blogging like in December and i wasnt even sure if it was something i would keep up with. but since i have been getting super-duper bored with FB -- i'm gonna put more efforts into being a blogger and stalking all my blogger friends. at any rate ... i don't have very many entries yetttt ... but it's a fun little world :)