Creamy Mac & Cheese

One word: Y.U.M.  This recipe was so tasty, I couldn't post just one picture of the final product (thanks Kennice for the app advice!) The blue box Mac & Cheese has always been my favorite food, and I don't know that anything will ever compare. HOWEVER, if you are looking for a good, homemade, comforting Mac & Cheese, this is your solution. In most of my dishes, I am always looking for healthy alternatives without losing the flavor of the recipe blah blah blah, but this past Friday night I said screw that, I'm making this for real, except I used skim milk because that's what we had. It was just what I needed. I will be paying for this later, but it was WELL WORTH IT. Kudos to Mommy I'm Hungry for this awesome recipe. Oh, and did I mention there is white wine in this dish? Yep, you're welcome.

Creamy Mac & Cheese
Serves: 4 w/ leftovers
Cook time according to Mommy I'm Hungry: She doesn't say
Cook time according to Rachel: 1 hour
How difficult was this for Rachel to make? Easy!

Ingredients:                                                16 oz macaroni pasts (shells were delic)
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup flour
3.5 cups milk, warmed
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
1/2 lb cheddar, cubed
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 9x13 glass dish. Cook pasta for 2-3 minutes less than directed. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, while pasta is cooking,  in a large saucepan (I did have to transfer my mix when I realized the medium saucepan was too small) melt 1/2 cup butter, salt & pepper. Once butter is melted, add flour. Stir until smooth. Let cook for 1 minute.

Add milk & wine and bring to a boil, while whisking.

Add cheese & stir until melted. So, of course I couldn't find the block of Velveeta and had to compromise and used sliced Velveeta. It worked out just fine. (However, I did go to the store yesterday for a breakfast post happening tomorrow and I found where they hide the blocked Velveeta. Helpful)

Pour cheese mix over cooked pasta and add to greased dish. In a small bowl, combine the Panko and melted butter and sprinkle over the top of the mac and cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.


1 comment:

  1. Every once in a while, one needs to splurge. This looks great. I like the idea of adding wine to the recipe.