Macaroni and cheese is a classic kid food. I suspect that plenty of adults also love the combination of cheese and noodles. I keep a few boxes of packaged Annie’s Homegrown mac and cheese in the pantry for days when I need something quick. It doesn’t take a lot of extra work to make it from scratch though.
Macaroni and cheese
- 1 12-ounce package pasta
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup grated cheese
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to the package instructions. My kids like farfalle because its funny to say, but any shape will do.
Drain the pasta and set it aside for a minute. Return the pot to the stove over low heat.
Melt the butter in the pot.
After the butter is melted and bubbling, add the flour. Stir until it becomes a gummy mess. No really.
Add the milk and whisk your heart out. You can add more milk if its too thick. Now it is looking like a thin gravy.
When your satisfied with the texture of the gravy, add grated cheese by the handful. Stir while it melts.
Return the pasta to the pot and mix thoroughly.
At this point, you can add other things to your macaroni and cheese, like broccoli or bacon, if the kids will let you. This recipe is great because it is fast and requires no measuring once you get comfortable making it.
You can even share with the kids if you feel like it.