Macaroni and Cheese

October 2, 2011

Learned to make it from my mom, who learned to make it from hers.  I think I am the only one to add cauliflower, though.  Note- it doesn’t matter if you don’t like cauliflower.  You can’t taste it, you can’t see it, and my children who won’t touch veggies don’t even know it’s there.  It makes it creamier.

  • Head cauliflower
  • Box macaroni (whole wheat, shells, whatever small pasta)
  • 1 lb cheddar (sharper is good!  Slightly less is fine.  I don’t add other cheeses but I suppose you could.)
  • 2 cups milk (whatever kind.  Never noticed a difference between using skim or whole.)
  • about 1 tbsp butter/margarine
  • about 1 tbsp flour

Chop cauliflower coarsely and drop in some water.  Boil until soft.  Scoop out of water and mush it up.  (I use a food processor and really make it mushy.  You could just smush it with a fork or whatever though if you don’t mind a few lumps.)  Let hot water boil again and drop in box of macaroni to cook.  Cook until done and strain.

Preheat oven to about 400.

Use hot pot you cooked in, keep on low-med heat, and drop in about a tablespoon butter to melt.  When melted, drop in enough flour to “soak it up”.  Then immediately add two cups milk and cook while stirring.  I like to use a whisk.  It doesn’t need to be stirred every second, but keep an eye on it and cut the cheese into smallish chunks.

Once it starts to thicken, add the cheese.  Continue to cook and stir until cheese is melted in.

Combine cheese sauce, noodles, and cauliflower in a 9×13 pan, stir all together.  Bake to desired doneness… I like it a little crunchy on the top.

Serve with ketchup.

The girls REALLY REALLY love mac and cheese.


One Response to “Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Will try that. I’ve never made/eaten macaroni and cheese, but it sounds good. And you’ve written about it a few times.
    Will let you know if the toddler likes it 😉

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