Summer is here and today was our annual kids cooking class offered through Abilene Parks and Recreation. Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese was definitely a success. This is the same recipe that we made with Erin when she was a little girl!
Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese 6 to 8 servings
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 pound elbow macaroni (1/2 lb. = 2 cups dry pasta)
- About 1 cup cheese sauce (recipe follows)
- Fill a medium to large saucepan with about 6 cups of water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
- Place pot a range top set on medium high temperature and bring to a rolling boil.
- Add the pasta gradually (so water keeps boiling) and give it a good stir to separate the pieces.
- Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally. Check the pasta package for specific cooking time. After about 5 minutes, test a piece of the pasta for doneness. It should be tender but firm to the bite. This is called “al dente” (ahl DEHN-tay).
- Use a colander to drain the pasta.
- Put the pasta back in the saucepan; add the cheese sauce and stir to combine.
Variation:Tuna or Chicken Mac-n-Cheese: Add 1 (6 oz.) can water-packed light tuna or chicken, drained, to Mac-n-Cheese; stir to combine and heat until tuna or chicken is hot. Serve over toast..
Cheese Sauce Makes about 1 cup sauce
Cheese Sauce is versatile – use it over pasta, baked potatoes, or other vegetables. It could also be used as a dip for bread sticks or tortilla chips. You can substitute different kinds of cheese or even leave out the cheese to make a basic white sauce. Add fried, crumbled bacon, diced ham or cooked ground beef to cheese or white sauce and serve it over toast or a baked potato for a tasty main dish. Chicken or beef broth may also be used with or in place of all the milk called for in the recipe.
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 cups cheese (grated Cheddar, cubed Velvetta®, etc.)
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Blend in flour with the melted better to make a smooth paste.
- Add the milk, stirring constantly.
- Cook until smooth and thickened (the sauce will coat a spoon when thickened)
- Add salt and cheese. Continue cooking 2 or 3 minutes longer to improve flavor, or until cheese is melted.