4.10.2013

All-Time Favorite Comfort Food...

If you are like me, there are some certain food items that just take you back to your childhood, that bring you comfort when you are needing it or just make you smile and remember. For me, that certain food item is mac and cheese. Before you tell me my recipe isn't mac and cheese let me just explain this is the mac and cheese I grew up with and have I know mac and cheese to me. People, I don't bake my mac and cheese. That isn't how my mom did it so it was like a revelation when I discovered most recipes for mac and cheese are baked. The mac and cheese my mom made growing up and the one I still make to this day is a simple cheese sauce, homemade, poured over noodles and that is it. It is a bowlful of gooey, yummy cheesiness and I will keep my mac and cheese unbaked, thank you very much!
This cheese sauce is your standard cheese sauce and you can use it to pour over veggies, it was commonly broccoli in our house or other reasons why you need a cheese sauce.
For this mac and cheese recipe, you need 1 cup milk, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons flour, shredded cheese, noodles. Yup very easy!
Cook your noodles while you make the cheese sauce.

To make the cheese sauce in a sauce pan, melt the butter.

When the butter is almost melted, add in the flour and stir with a whisk to combine the ingredients. You are making what is called a roux and is the thickener to the cheese sauce.

 Once the two ingredients are combined, add in the cup of milk and turn the heat down. You don't want to burn the milk.
Once the milk mixture has thickened up, add in the shredded cheese. Shredding cheese from a block of cheese is preferred because it will actually melt better. The preshredded cheese has corn starch in it and the cheese won't melt as well.




Add the cheese sauce to the drained and cooked noodles, then serve, eat and enjoy!


I dare you to have any leftovers of this mac and cheese in your frig, in fact, double dog dare you :-)

43 comments:

birdie to be said...

Loving your homemade version! Looks soooo much better than the boxed!

Alissa said...

Mmmmmm. I love homemade mac and cheese!

Joy said...

OH YUM!!!! I love mac and cheese, and homemade and quick and easy... SCORE!!!

Becky K said...

I am with you. Stovetop mac and cheese is about as good as comfort food gets. Whenever I'm feeling rich and fancy I buy extra special cheeses from zingerman's and keep some on hand for mac and cheese. yum yum yum... now maybe i'll have to make some for dinner!

<3becky
www.loosefromthezoo.com

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Mac & cheese is my favorite comfort food too! We served it as an hors d'oeuvre at our wedding :-)

always, koru kate

Jess said...

Mac and cheese was my all time favorite food... and still is. Looks so yummy. I also love to add a little brocolli.

McKenna Ryan said...

I am with you darling, Mac and Cheese is my ultimate comfort food! xx. McKenna Lou
www.lynnandlou.com

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I totally agree with you - mac and cheese is probably my #1 comfort food!

Kirsten Wiemer said...

oh my gosh, i need this now.

K

The Not Quite Military Wife said...

This looks delicious!!

Always Maylee said...

Mmm mac and cheese is definitely the ultimate comfort food, YUM!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Meggan Morehead said...

You had me at gooey..

Melissa said...

Yum!!!

*LO* said...

MMMMMMMMM so EASY!!!!! about how much cheese would you say you shredded? the entire block?

CALLIE said...

Mac n Cheese is my all time favorite too!!! (Just another reason we're besties... duh) I have tried 1,000 times to make m n c like my Momma (baked) and it never turns out! I will be doing this version on my next attempt. YUMMO!

Jessica said...

My all time favorite comfort food too! I cannot help but smile when I'm digging into a bowl!

TheTinyHeart said...

Yum, this looks SOOO good! I love mac and cheese!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Sarah and Stewart said...

Mac n cheese is my all-time favorite comfort food, too! I like Kraft and I add cheddar cheese and a cut up hot dog. :-) A can of chili mixed in is also yummy.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Mac n cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods as well! I haven't had this in ages though. Boohoo and it wouldn't be a good idea for me to have some right now coz it is already 12:48 AM. I should be sleeping now but you have me tempted to go and make myself some mac n cheese. hehehehe.

Melissa said...

I made this for lunch! I couldn't resist :)

Allison said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I'm bookmarking this page so I can make my own. This is definitely the ultimate in comfort food - yumm.

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

Mmm This is similar to how my mom used to make mac 'n cheese too. It is so creamy and delish!! You make me want it now!

Maddie said...

mm that looks delicious! My comfort food is Lasagna! Yummy!

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The Pink Growl said...

That looks delish! I will even settle for regular old box mac and cheese when I need that comfort!

Rachel said...

yumm!!
I need to make this pronto. hope you're having a great day!
following you now,
xo
floral&fudge

Zoƫ said...

Ooh I love mac and cheese and I'm always looking for other people's favorite recipes. Can't wait to try!

Allison said...

I've never met a Mac N Cheese that I didn't love. This one looks/sounds delicious! Oh comfort food...yum.

Heather said...

Mmm, I love mac n' cheese! Your recipe sounds delicious!

Amanda said...

I love making mac 'n' cheese. Love.

Lauren @Simply With A Smile said...

You just made me really really hungry-so for that I thank you....

Melissa Jo said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who makes mac n cheese from scratch.. it is SO easy and so much better than anything in a box!

Lindsey A. said...

This looks so good! My mom used to make broccoli and cheese sauce, so I'll have to try the mac and cheese recipe and the cheese sauce over veggies.

Betty said...

Mac & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food...this recipe looks so yummy!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

mmm homemade mac n cheese is the best!

Susannah said...

I adore homemade mac and cheese!!! :-D

christina said...

seriously drooling.

A and B said...

I'm impressed! I don't think I have ever made mac and cheese from scratch, but now I think I need to give it a shot because that looks so good and comforting!

Kristin said...

yum yum yum!!

Faith said...

I've never made Mac and cheese that way. It looks so simple. I'll try it this way if you try it the baked way ;)

Lauren said...

YUM! that looks so delicious and so much better for you than all the preservatives in the boxed version!

Sessy@NTSST said...

Mmmmmm....craving!

Kasey Proctor said...

I know what I'm making for dinner tonight!!

Hilary said...

I agree! I grew up on Velveeta Shells & Cheese. I don't care for the baked stuff.