For my son’s birthday, I wanted to make him his favorite meal. His request…Macaroni & Cheese. Yes, I normally make the mac & cheese from the little blue box. However, I felt a birthday dinner should be special. I had never made homemade mac & cheese before. In fact, my mom never made it either.
I stumbled across Stephanie’s recipe and decided it seemed easy enough.
Steph’s Mac & Cheese
¼ c. flour
1 tbsp. dried minced onion
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ c. margarine
¼ tsp. worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. mustard
¾ to 1 c. chicken stock
1 c. milk
2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (the sharper the better!)
½ box elbow macaroni
- Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together flour, onion, salt and pepper. In a saucepan over low/medium heat, combine margarine, worcestershire sauce, and mustard until margarine is fully melted and lightly bubbling. Add flour mixture and whisk until smooth. Cook about a minute or until mixture begins to bubble. Slowly add chicken stock and milk, whisking to combine flour mixture. Increase heat and whisk continually until mixture begins to boil/thicken. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Add cheese gradually, stirring to melt. Once all cheese is melted, add cooked macaroni to cheese sauce and stir to combine.
- Pour mixture into a lightly greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and bubbly.
It came out fantastic! My son ate three helpings! We also had enough leftover for lunch the next day. It was a pretty frugal meal too. I bought the elbow macaroni on sale for about .50¢. the cheese was $1 and the rest of the items I had on hand.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. For some reason, I thought making homemade mac & cheese would be cumbersome. It was very easy and more flavorful than the stuff in the little blue box!