Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mac+Cheese

Mac+Cheese

If I had to eat one food for the rest of my entire life, macaroni & cheese would be it.  I’m not a macaroni snob, either.  I love boxed mac and fancy prepared mac the same.

Mac+Cheese

Mac & cheese was my go-to work lunch for years.  I would splurge on the hot mac from the deli.  When I wasn’t hungry but still wanted to eat a little something, I always got the microwave mac.  I even bought the frozen meal mac & cheese.  When I felt fancy, I bought the frozen meal with broccoli!

The recipe I’m sharing today is more on the fancy side, but totally easy to make!

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Like all good things in my life, this recipe happened by accident.  I was originally going to prepare a red sauce ziti one night when my husband got the butter out.  He usually likes to butter the noodles before he adds sauce, but I had another idea:  why don’t we just add cheese to the buttered noodles & make a mac+cheese?

Lots of cheese & spices later, we had the most fantastic mac & cheese!

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I’ve briefly mentioned before that my dad is a “kitchen sink” cook.  Leave him alone in a kitchen (or around a grill!) & the spices come out.  Everything but the kitchen sink is added to his recipes & they’re never lacking in flavor.  I still remember the time when he was left alone with the grill at my cousin’s graduation open house.  The burgers were never more flavorful!  The thing is though, it’s never a bad spice taste; it’s an interesting mixture of flavors that actually is delicious!  Even though my dad does some weird spice combinations, I’ve never tasted a bad meal from him!

While I tend to cook on the bland side, sometimes I take after my dad & kick it up a notch.  It doesn’t help that my spice rack is right above my stovetop either, which provides easy access to the spices!  For this mac & cheese, I utilized my go-to spices:  garlic powder, onion salt & pepper.  My favorite thing is adding pepper to any mac & cheese.  While I kept it mild on the actual mac, I ended up adding a ton to my individual bowl.  As I noted in the recipe, add the spices to your individual taste.  It also saves me because I never actually measure anything!  I just start adding things until I like the way it tastes!

Mac+Cheese

Mac + Cheese

by Tiff @ www.onthecreekblog.com April-27-2017

A super easy stovetop macaroni & cheese!

Ingredients

  • 16oz Macaroni Noodles
  • 8oz Shredded Cheese (I used Colby Jack & Mild Cheddar)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic Powder (to taste)
  • Onion Powder (to taste)

Instructions

- Make noodles according to package directions, drain
- Place noodles back into pot, add butter & stir to combine
- Add milk.  (You may need to add more or less depending on your desired consistency.)
- Add cheese & mix well.
- Add your spices according to your taste.  If spices aren’t your thing, just skip!

 

Mac+Cheese

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