I don't know about you but I LOVE mac and cheese. My son inherited that gene which is awesome for me because it is a lunch time favorite! When we go to a new restaurant and they have an adult version of mac and cheese, there is a good chance I will try it. However, knowing what I know now about the blue box, I've had to make some changes to how we serve this dish.
Have you scoured Pinterest looking for the perfect dish? I know I have but nothing ever turns out! The cheese never really melts, there isn't any flavor, or it requires baking time with it. I just want something quick and easy!
About a month ago, we were having a play date at a friends house and my friend (the mom) whipped up this enormous and delicious batch of mac and cheese! She's a great cook so I was asking questions how she did it and of course she "doesn't measure and just throw things together". Why do all the good cooks respond that way?? :)
She said she just makes a roux, adds milk accordingly, shreds her own cheese, boils some noodles, and throws it all together. I mean, I sat and watched this entire process too but thought, "Yeah right. I will mess this up for sure!!!"
Here's what I did.
Bought a brick of cheese. I selected Ultra Sharp Cheddar that didn't have any artificial colors in it. I didn't go as expensive as I normally would have because I didn't want to waste anything for if (and when) I messed this up!
Bought the cavatappi noodles (because that's what my friend used).
Researched the heck out of "how to make a roux". All articles just said equal parts butter to flour. Add milk until desired thickness. I didn't believe them. So I googled some more but received the same answer every time. I guess we are doing this then...
- Shred a bunch of cheese.
- Boil three handfuls of cavatappi noodles and set them aside.
- Melt two tablespoons of butter and mix in two tablespoons of flour. (That's where that equal part comes in).
- Whisk in milk gradually until a desired thickness.
- Add cheese gradually until all is melted.
- Mix in noodles.
- Stuff your face
Ok, that last one was just me but I was so impressed with myself how easy it was and how we gobbled it up. We were in a pinch for dinner last so normally this would be a side dish for us but it worked. It actually worked. No baking necessary. Everything melted lovely. Now I know I can splurge on cheese for next time.