Grown Up Macaroni Pasta Cheese

Creamy Mac N' Cheese

Creamy Mac N’ Cheese

One of my first cooking memories is cracking open a box of Kraft Mac n’ Cheese and standing on tip toe at the stove to stir it. My gourmet version then was the addition of chopped up hot dogs. Now, not so much into the dogs or into opening processed boxes of ANY food. The grown up version, like the old version, is cooked ontop of the stove but that’s where the similarities end…

2 cups Ziti or Rotini or Macaroni, uncooked
2 cups 2% Milk
1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Grated Swiss Cheese
1/2 tsp. Salt (or to Your Taste)
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes, or Black Pepper, or Nutmeg
1 tsp. Grainy Mustard
2 Tbsps. Butter

Put pasta in a colander and rinse quickly with cold water. In a medium pot combine pasta and milk. Over medium heat slowly bring this mixture to a simmer, then immediately turn to low. Stir frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking. Cook pasta until tender, approx. 5-10 minutes. Turn off heat, and stir in cheese until melted. Stir in seasonings, mustard, and butter. Add a lid to the pot and let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir again before plating. Makes 4 servings.

Luxed Up Version: Top individual servings w/ Cooked Crumbled Bacon 1-2 Strips and Chopped Fresh Tomatoes

Healthier Version: Use Low-Fat Milk, Reduced-Fat Cheese, Substitute Olive Oil for butter, and add 1 cup of cooked Broccoli or Cauliflower

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