Try Something New: Homemade Mac & Cheese

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

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!




Comments

  1. says

    Oh, so glad you liked it! It is one of our favorite comfort food dishes!! Mmmm, makes me want some now! :-)

    Thanks for linking to me, too! Have a great weekend!

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