Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Easy Macaroni and cheese

When I was an exchange student in the US, I got introduced to ALL food that symbolizes America. One of the ones that got me hooked was MAC AND CHEESE. (oooh... heaven!!!). I even loved the boxed mac and cheese.

Once I got home, of course we didn't cook those anymore... until I tried it using this recipe from YUMMY magazine.

You'll need:

500 grams elbow or penne pasta
1/4 cup butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup quickmelt cheese, shredded
8 slices cooked ham, diced

1  Preheat oven to 375ºF. 

2  Cook 500 grams elbow or penne pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. 

3  In a pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent. Whisk in flour. Gradually whisk in 4 cups milk until smooth. Cook, stirring continuously, until mixture is thick and bubbly, about 6 to 8 minutes. 

4  Stir in cheddar cheese and quickmelt cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Toss pasta with cheese mixture; fold in cooked ham.

5  Transfer to ramekins. Top with cheddar and quick-melt cheeses. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. 

I actually did not bake it in the oven anymore... the kids just dived into it. We made a lot and it was even better the next day! (nom nom nom.....) My daughter was singing she wanted it for her lunch to school. (aah... the pleasures of having your cooking appreciated!!)

Wish I could say I ate this... but still sticking to NO CARBS meal plan. I hope you enjoy cooking this though. It has no special (and expensive) cheeses so you can actually follow the recipe pretty well.

happy eating!!!

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