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My recipe for mac'n'cheese - a tried and true comfort food. Make it gourmet by adding cheeses that you can't pronounce. Make it with skim milk to keep down fat. Add frozen peas for variety. But do enjoy!

Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

1.5 tsp salt
2 cups dry macaroni
2.5 cups grated cheese (we use a mix of old cheddar and mozzarella, sometimes with camembert mixed in, or honestly whatever leftover cheese we have in the fridge. Chevre, unfortunately, isn't great)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1/4 cup cream (15% and up works great)
1 3/4 cup skim milk
1 onion, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

(alternatively to the cream and milk you could use whole milk or any other combination that works with what you have available and how low-fat you want the mac'n'cheese to be - I've used all skim milk as well as a full 1/2 cup of very heavy cream and both turn out ok. Just make the total 2 cups.)

Instructions:

- preheat oven to 350
- boil macaroni in salted water until just tender. Drain.
- melt 2 tbsp butter in large saucepan over med heat. Add flour, mixing in well, and let cook for about 5 min.
- add in milk and cream combo, followed by onion, bay leaf, and paprika
- simmer 15 min
- stir in 3/4 of the cheese
- stir in the macaroni
- pour into a casserole dish (remove bay leaf if you can). Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- melt 1 tbsp butter and mix with breadcumbs. Sprinkle over the top of casserole.
- bake until bread crumbs are lightly browned, about 30 min. Let stand 5 min before eating.

I should note that we generally only eat small portions of this rich dish, usually with a big helping of greens like steamed broccoli or kale on the side. But I'm sure everyone reading this knows that.

This recipe makes about 8 portions the way we eat it. Leftovers last in the fridge for a couple of days. You can also prepare ahead of time and do the final bake when ready to eat. A great casserole to leave with a friend in need.
Tags: vegetarian
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