Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mac N Cheese

It was one of those days where I had errand after errand to run. On top of that, my 3 kids took turns to fall ill ... fever, cough, cold ... the works :( I was so worried it would be the dreaded H1N1. Fortunately, they have all recovered as I write. Unfortunately, I can feel myself coming down with something as I write :( It's always the case, isn't it? Kids fall ill, one after another like dominoes. Parents spend a few weeks (with hardly any rest) nursing them back to health. Kids recover, parents fall ill. Sigh.

When kids are sick, they just don't have an appetite. Instead of making them eat proper meals, I let them choose whatever they feel like (within reasonable limits, of course). I figure something in the tum is better than none.

So, I was glad when they requested for Mac N Cheese. Great! A one-dish meal that is easy to make. I whipped up a large casserole dish for the entire family for lunch. Loved the cheesy gooey-ness! I had a very leisurely lunch with my brood ... a nice way to take a breather from the morning madness.

Now, if I am missing from the blogosphere for the next few days, you know why ...

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Classic Two-Cheese Macaroni
from The Best of Cooking Light, page 123

(seen and adapted from here)

- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella and Red Cheddar
- 6 cups hot cooked elbow macaroni (about 3 cups uncooked)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt*
- Cooking Spray (or some butter for greasing)

*Note:
- I substituted salt with 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is a salty cheese
- I topped the dish with panko, for some crunch.

1. Preheat oven to 190 degree celcius.

2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, level with a knife. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat; add flour. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cook until thick. Keep stirring. Add in all the cheeses until they melt, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add in macaroni and coat evenly.

3. Spoon into greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with panko. Bake at 190 degree celcius for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Top should be golden brown and deliciously crusty!

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16 comments:

  1. I'm sorry your family is ill! Hope everyone is better soon. The Mac & Cheese looks awesome. I love your photos!

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  2. Hope you will get better soon! I do the same when my child is ill. I will cook her favourite dish and hopefully she will eat a little more to aid her recovery. Your Mac N Cheese looks so goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!

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  3. Nice tip on the panko topping - I'll have to try that. As we say in Germany, Gute Besserung! (Get well soon)

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  4. I absolutely LOVE mac and cheese and yours looks scrumptious! I hope you get well soon, being sick in the summertime is just horrid!

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  5. Same here LT w/ Caroline and her family and now Jacques!

    I hope you get well quickly and that you have leftovers of that delicious dish to pick at:)
    The panko is a great idea!

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  6. Hope you'll get well soon!! Take more rest lah!

    Nice mac n cheese, ur kids know how to eat well, this is cool! I reckon kids who know how to eat well most prolly becoz their parents are good cooks, right?

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  7. I hope you feel better soon! I love your macorini cheese. Next time try Gruyere cheese, you will love it! :)

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  8. HoneyB: Aww, thanks! Am holding up with loads of rest and fluids :)

    Ellie: Thanks!! Sick children really takes a toll on the parents, ya?

    taste traveller: Guten Tag! Thanks for your kind words :)

    Heidi: Bonjour and thanks!

    Nana: Thank you! I hope everyone in your family is recovered/recovering.

    Kenny: Thanks! I need some tonics to build up my health ... you make for me? LOL!

    pigpigscorner: Thanks! :)

    mycookinghut: Thanks! :) I trust you ... will definitely try Gruyere next time!

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  9. hope you get well soon, take care!

    the panko toppings are a good idea, I use breadcrumbs for mine.

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  10. Um, you had me at mac n cheese! Hope the kids are feeling better and you don't come down with anything - seems like kids get sick just when school is starting!

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  11. I hope you are all feeling better very soon LT!

    Your food (as always) looks beautiful, and I'm sure it tastes delicious. It makes me hungry to look at it! :)

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  12. Mac and cheese is not that bad. Although I did not eat one before turing 30 something I can see it's apeal. What I hate about M&C is when kids refuse to eat other foods.

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  13. Hope you feel better soon. the mac n cheese looks fab....i'll give ur recipe a try.. my 'boys' love mac n cheese. :) get well soon.

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  14. Mmmm, looks delicious! I've been looking for a basic Mac N Cheese recipe for a long time son I can actually try it, we don't have this dish in my country.

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  15. Hello, there, I'm Lisa. I stumbled on ur blogspot since I was recipe hunting, and I've been here for over 20 minutes, borrowing some ur recipes and reading them also. I think you have a great hand for cookery. And I'm sure ur family must agree also. Keep up the tasty work.

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