I thought I had mentioned it this summer: I was on a quest to find a better macaroni & cheese recipe than the kind we were used to having (a.k.a. the kind in the yellow box). But I guess I just hopped on that train all by myself and have been testing out some recipes.
These are the recipes I’ve made so far:
Stovetop One Pot Macaroni & Cheese. I liked this one, the kids did not.
Stove Top Mac N Cheese (from Food Network) I liked it okay, but will cut the spice a little more next time.
Emeril’s Bacon and Three Cheese Macaroni & Cheese (from Everyday Food Magazine–Oct. 2010). I couldn’t find the recipe online so you’ll have to get the magazine for now (no, I don’t get anything for saying that…I bought the magazine this week). Seriously, this was our favorite so far. The kids ate everything on their plate. And I cannot stop eating it and snitching some from the fridge! It is just the right amount of creamy and cheesy. Yum!
In my testing there are a couple of things I discovered:
–It’s a whole lot easier than it seems to make your own. Okay, certainly not easier than cooking the noodles, opening up that silver package and squeezing out the “cheese” but still way easier that I thought.
–If I use the whole wheat pasta my kids can’t tell the difference. I consider that a little victory because they are getting more fiber and not complaining about it.
–Homemade macaroni and cheese tastes like real cheese. Yup. And that was weird for my kids. They often said it was “too cheesy”. How anything can be too cheesy, I’m not sure but there you have it.
–We still prefer the creamy stovetop versions to the baked ones but I’m coming around on those.
–Macaroni & cheese taste really good cold too.
These are the recipes I’ve found that I’m planning to try next:
Easy Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese
Martha Stewart’s Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese
Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be difficult. Find out how easy it is to make homemade chicken nuggets too in last year’s Search for the Perfect Chicken Nuggets post. And be sure to let me know if you try any too or have some mac ‘n cheese recipes to recommend.