Jun 20, 2008

Recipe - Macaroni and Cheese


Summary:

Macaroni and Cheese is loved by most of the kids. Mac and cheese is very easy to make, kids eat without fussing. I make mac and cheese atleast once a week. Usually, I buy the mac and cheese packs, which comes with uncooked pasta/macaroni and the cheese sauce sachet (dry).

I learnt making the cheese sauce from my friend long back with estimation. Measurements are my contributions. I have noticed there are lot of recipes online with almost the same measurements. Making cheese sauce is fairly easy. After I learnt making the cheese sauce, I keep elbow macaroni stocked, and use it when ever needed.

Ingredients:


  • Macaroni pasta - 1 cup
  • Cheese sauce - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Oil - 1 teaspoon

Process:

Cook macaroni in 5 - 6 cups of boiling water at amedium high temperature, with salt and oil for 10 minutes. Set it aside.

Ingredients for cheese sauce:

  • Cheese (swiss or cheddar) - 1/4 cup (grated)
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • All purpose flour (Maida)- 1 tablespoon
  • Butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - 1 pinch

Directions to make sauce:

Melt butter in a medium sauce pan at medium temperature. Add all purpose flour to the butter, mix it well. Stir continuously for 2 - 4 minutes and make sure the flour doesn't turn brown. Add milk slowly to the flour mixture, mix well. Let the milk and flour cook well for 8 - 10minutes (approximately), you will notice the milk thickening. Add cheese to the milk mixture, mix well till the cheese is melted. Add salt according to taste.

Add boiled/cooked macaroni to cheese sauce, mix well. Cook for 2minutes and turn off the stove.

Serve hot with some vegetable in the side, to make a complete nutritional meal.

Preparation time: 15 - 20 minutes
Servings: 2 - 3

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1. What was I doing ten years ago?

Finished studying at the University and was planning on starting work...

2. What are five things on my to-do list for today (non-work related)?

Taking kids to Swimming

Bike riding with the family

Taking kids to Park

Cooking, cleaning, organizing and all time job Laundry!!

Blogging and net surfing if any time left...

3. What are five snacks that I enjoy?

I am not really a snack person... but to name a few

Spicy kaju

Spicy JalapeƱo potato chips


4. What things would I do if I were a billionaire?

I would hire a full time help in the house. I would cook but the help will clean the kitchen, I will serve food to my family, but the help will clear the dinning table and clean the dishes, do laundry! I hope my husband is not reading, I have a house keeper, who cleans the house every week though! But, I would like it every day;-). Save the time for my family. Would invest in a business where it will multiply without scratching our brains (4 hr work week is my goal!!!).

5. Places I have lived at?

Hyderabad, Iowa, Austin, Southern California, Dallas, Northern California, Chicago and back to Iowa. Again Southern California is calling us...

6. Jobs I have had:
Student, now a systems administrator and a f
ull time wife PLUS full time mom to two young kids :-)

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Disclaimer

Some of the recipes presented here are originally inspired by others. Credit is given to the original postings. I have listed recipes here for my own reference as well as pictures are my addition to the whole cooking experience. Enjoy.