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Homemade Mac & Cheese

For years, as a quick and easy meal for the kids, we’ve often turned to those boxes of instant quick and easy “Mac & Cheese.”

Somewhere along the way, we discovered that Kraft’s “Mac & Cheese” had a bit of disclaimer: they didn’t really use cheese but a “cheese product.”

So we decided to try store-brands: Wal-Mart, Costco’s Kirkland Signature, etc. with real cheese.  And they were better.

But not by far.

And somewhere (farther) along the same way, we thought: “Macaroni is just pasta.  Cheese is just… cheese.”  How hard could it be to make this dish from scratch?

Tonight, I tried my hand at it, following the famous Pioneer Woman’s recipe for baked macaroni and cheese.

How did it turn out?  Well first, the quantitative evidence:

  1. I had a great time cooking it; for the first time preparing a roux and tempering an egg (click through to the above recipe if you don’t know what I’m talking about).
  2. I liked eating it.  But then, I cooked it, I’m prejudiced.  But I would actually choose to eat this — not just when I was desperate for something quick & easy.
  3. Our youngest daughter asked for three servings.  Unless it’s loaded with sugar, she never asks for three servings!  Gonna do this one again! (Never mind that she kinda had a sparse lunch.)

Qualitatively speaking, it wasn’t bad either (in other words, “presentation is everything”) — we added our own flair with panko bread crumbs on top:

Digging into the third serving!  Did I mention that it was her third serving???

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  1. Mae says

    Hey, fun! If you’d ask Abby and Toby, the mac ‘n cheese that comes in a blue box is an extra special treat. 🙂 The homemade stuff is a treat too. Sometimes I add some ground meat and tomato. I also try to get away with as little cheese as possible, no where near a pound — cheese is like gold.

  2. Chelita says

    Yum! My oldest loves homemade mac and cheese. He will request it for his birthday meal some years.

  3. Andrea says

    I made this once too. The roux and egg scared me but wasn’t too terribly difficult now that I know how to do it. It does taste good enough for three servings! 😉

  4. Laura says

    We’ve got a recipe with three fancy-shmancy cheeses and white wine. That’s for the grown-ups!

  5. estella says

    way to go bobo! (and lois!)

    pioneer woman blog is awesome. i really like her sour cream noodle bake. i also used her turkey brine recipe this year.

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