A Kid’s Favorite Food

Took my son to Central Market for his favorite Macoroni and Cheese. It’s my favorite too since it’s so cheap and it comes with a free soda. He has decided the north Central Market has the best mac ‘n’ cheese. He used to have to play on the playscape after we ate, but he’s outgrown that–he’s nine. He seems content with wandering the aisles digging the great food at CM. I guess he’s becoming a foodie.

Here’s our favorite make it at home from scratch mac ‘n’ cheese recipe.

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour (use slightly less than a 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
5 slices American cheese (you can experiment with the type of cheeses you want to use.

Cook the macaroni until soft but not mushy (remember you’re making mac ‘n’ cheese, not pasta). While the macoroni is cooking, melt the margarine or butter in a saucepan (I like butter best for this recipe). Once the butter is melted, add the flour, salt and pepper, and stir. Take the saucepan with the flour mixture off the burner. Slowly stir in the milk. Put the saucepan back on the heat. Heat to boiling, stirring all the while. When the milk mixture has boiled for one minute add the cheese to this mixture. Stir until the cheese is melted. Drain the cooked macaroni. Add the macaroni to the cheese mixture and stir until mixed together. If you want you can eat at this point, but I like to put the macoroni and cheese in a casserole pan and bake it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the top is slightly browned. You can also sprinkle extra cheese of your choice on the macaroni and cheese just before baking it.

Source: Betty Crocker’s Kids Cook!

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