Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

This mac & cheese recipe just happens to use ingredients left over in my fridge. The left over 1/4th of a package of cream cheese or 1/4th of the container of heavy cream from a previous meal you slaved over. Those two ingredients alone will make anything taste good!

I love Mac & Cheese! Lets face it who doesn’t love melted gooey cheese with pasta….its the ultimate comfort food. My kids prefer the boxed kind.you know the one, the blue and orange box that comes with the packet of powdered cheese that you have to add milk and butter to make it even resemble melted cheese. Then it kind of looks orange. Gross.

And believe it or not my kids actually ate this and said it was good. Bonus!

Start with boiling the pasta. I used Barilla Cellentani. Thought it looked more interesting than the usual elbow macaroni.

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Then in a separate pot, or dutch oven, melt the butter, and add the flour. Let it cook about 2 minutes till it starts to begin to boil. Add the milk and heavy cream. Add the dry mustard, salt and pepper.

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Then add the cheeses. Use a whisk to get the cheeses smooth.  Finally add the pasta.

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Now, if your like me you have to stop there….and taste it! Its pretty good just like that. Thats what my kids prefer! Serve immediately,  but if you want to get fancy, put it in a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle the top with some plain bread crumbs and bake it for about 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

1/2  pound of pasta (cellentani or elbow macaroni)

4 TBSP unsalted butter

3 TBSP all purpose flour

12oz milk (I used 2%)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1tsp dry mustard

salt & pepper to taste

2oz  cream cheese (I used low-fat)

8oz mild cheddar cheese

Plain bread crumbs (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start by boiling the pasta according to package directions. Then in a separate heavy bottom pot  or dutch oven melt the butter  then the flour. Let it cook about 2 minutes till it just is about to boil. Add the milk and heavy cream. Add the dry mustard, salt and pepper. Mix well.  Then add the cheeses. Use a whisk to incorporate the cheeses to get the sauce smooth.  Finally add the pasta and mix well. Serve immediately.

You can eat it like that, or put in a baking pan and top with plain bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.