September 2nd, 2009

Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese

 

 

Ro has a particular fixation with all things “mac”, apple mac to be more precise. Mac and Cheese is no exception. This has to be one of our favourite ways of eating pasta. Perfectly cooked macaroni (read al dente) covered with a creamy sauce and topped with a cheesy bread crumbed layer. It most definitely classifies as comfort food for me.

Macaroni and cheese has to be one of the most popular food in the world. There can be endless variations to the basic recipe. What I like most about this recipe is that one can play with it to suit one’s mood or the occasion. Plain macaroni and cheese is ideal for kids with its bland deliciousness. Chopped herbs like parsely and oregano, spices like paprika or mustard and smoked cheddar instead of plain old cheddar can add variety to the adult palate. Adding cooked vegetables and going easy on the cheese can make for a complete and healthy meal.

Certain classics can never go stale and this couldn’t be more true here. We can never tire of eating pasta this way. Served as it is or with my favourite vegetables like broccoli, spinach and corn this recipe is permanently etched in my book. Served with a simple soup and a salad for a “perfect “ lunch or Sunday brunch, I know I cannot go wrong with good old mac and cheese.

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Add your favourite vegetables and try using different kinds of cheese.

Ingredients:

250 gm (8 oz) macaroni (preferably elbow macaroni)

3 tbsp butter

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

4 tbsp plain flour

625 ml (2 1/2 cups) milk

2 tsp salt or to taste

½ tsp freshly ground pepper or to taste

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup breadcrumbs* + 1 tbsp butter

Method:

Cook the pasta according to manufacturers instructions.

In a saucepan or a wok, melt the butter over medium low heat.Stir in the nutmeg powder and the flour and mix until smooth and creamy. Cook the mixture over low heat for a couple of minutes.

Take the saucepan away from the fire and pour in the milk with your left hand while continuously stirring the flour butter mixture with the right hand.Return the saucepan to the heat and cook over a medium flame until the sauce comes to a boil.

Season with salt and pepper and fold in ¼ cup cheese.

Heat 1 tbsp butter in a skillet or a wok and toss in the breadcrumbs and cook until they are coated with the butter, about a minute or so.

In a shallow buttered baking dish place the cooked pasta. Fold in the prepared sauce. Spread the remaining grated cheese and sprinkle the buttered breadcrumbs evenly over the cheese. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degree Centigrade (400 degree Fahrenheit or gas mark 6) for about 15 minutes until the top acquires a beautiful golden brown crust.

* To make your own breadcrumbs, toast bread in a toaster or skillet, cut the sides and powder in a food processor or blender.

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  1. Simi says:

    Wow…YUM :)
    Macaroni and cheese beku :( Awesome pictures by the way. Ur getting way too good at the picturing! Awesome :)

  2. Aru says:

    I agree with it being great comfort food. I can do mac’n’cheese with some fresh ground pepper anytime! Simi – preheat up the oven and make some for yourself :p… call me while you eat I’ll give company!

  3. Parita says:

    Looks mouth watering!

  4. Kiran says:

    It is a great classic, I make it with mushroom & garlic as that is the way my husband and son enjoy it.

  5. Rustoo says:

    just so perfect…! :)

  6. What a delicious clicks… Yummyyy

  7. Anushruti says:

    Simi and Aru: Enjoy mac’n’ cheese and each other’s company!

    Rustoo: Nice to see here after a long time.

  8. Yum yum!! I LOVE mac and cheese, it’s my idea of comfort food :) This looks deliciously good!!!

  9. Soma says:

    oh yes we like our pasta this way with the bechamel & baked! my kids won’t eat mac & cheese the kid way, but they like this:-)

  10. Divya Vikram says:

    That is truly appetizing! I love baked mac n cheese!

  11. Priti says:

    Wow this looks so simple and delicious…going to try this one real soon..thanks for sharing and pics are cool

  12. Parita says:

    hey anu..I have passed an award to you, pls accept it :)

  13. purva says:

    Thanks for dropping by……..this looks chessy and yummy…

  14. Vegetation says:

    Mac and cheese is a favourite around here too. Yours looks wonderful!

  15. Preeti says:

    I am drooling again!…lovely mac and cheese!

  16. Sannidhi says:

    I tried this one too..loved it :)
    Thank you!

  17. Anushruti says:

    Sannidhi: This is a very comforting dish!

  18. pakhee says:

    Tried this yesterday along with broccoli soup , both tasted heavenly.the only thong missing was the “beautiful golden brown crust” .
    Thanks for the wonderful recipes , as both pasta n broccoli are my fav. I love eating them as much as i love cooking them n to my pleasant surprise my not so pasta fan husband gave a nod to include bot of them in our regular meal.

  19. Anushruti says:

    pakhee: That’s nice! Thanks for the feedback!

  20. nishita gandhi says:

    can i use normal amul cheese? or its necessary to use cheddar cheese? please reply asap because i’m planning to make this tomorrow for 31st! thanks a ton 😀

  21. Anushruti says:

    nishita: Sorry for the delay. Yes you can use Amul cheese.

  22. joe says:

    Hi Anu,
    can i make this without bread crumbs.

  23. Anushruti says:

    joe- Yes, you can!

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