We learned how to make breakfast go a little smoother earlier this week. Is it possible to have an easy lunch plan too? For a long time, I thought all I could manage was throwing chicken nuggets or easy mac into the microwave. Have you looked at the ingredients on those quick “meals”? There has to be a healthier alternative to boxed macaroni that is just as easy to make, right? As easy as Kraft? Not quite, but close! My macaroni and cheese is a big hit in the Pollman house.
I can have the cheese sauce made before the pasta is finished. That’s how easy this recipe is. I like to get out all the ingredients and get them ready to throw right in. First I fill a large pot as directed on the pasta box with water. I get that going on the burner at a high heat to boil. Then I pull out the milk, cheese, butter, flour, and garlic salt.
I measure out the ingredients and get them ready to help the process along. This requires excess dishes and isn’t required.
So now, the water is heating. My ingredients are ready, I toss some butter into a smaller pot on medium heat and get it melted. Then I quickly stir in the flour. This creates a thick consistency. At this time, I turn the heat down to low and SLOWLY add milk. I have dumped it in, and had it work out, but it is much better to add slowly while stirring to get a creamy consistency. Once the milk is starting to bubble a little, I add the cheese. I stir until it is completely melted.
Now, the pasta is done, and can be drained. I return the pasta into the large pot, and stir in my cheese. It’s more simple than it sounds! I like to add a teaspoon of garlic salt. You can add whatever seasoning you would like!
- For the Pasta;
- 16oz Pasta
- 4 quarts Water
- 1/4 C Butter
- 1/4 C Flour
- 2 C Milk
- 2 1/2 Cheese
- Bring 4 quarts water to a boil.
- Add pasta. Toss in a dash of salt if you like.
- Cook until tender (9 minutes, stirring ocassionally)
- Drain, and return to large pot.
- Melt Butter in the pot.
- Stir in Flour.
- Slowly add Milk while Stirring.
- Once the bubbling occurs, stir in cheese.
- Stir Until melted.
- Add contents to the pasta.
- Add 1 tsp garlic salt
I like to use extra sharp cheddar for a really cheesy taste. The cheese you use makes a huge difference in the flavor of the dish.
I also find it best to use a rubber spatula for stirring.
Let me know how this recipe works for you!