Recipe: grown-up mac and cheese

One of my favorite comfort foods is macaroni and cheese.  Of course, I grew up with the traditional blue box, which isn’t the most healthy or natural thing in the world, but sometimes nostalgia matters!  However, as I grew up, I discovered that there’s more to mac and cheese than just powdered cheddar — there’s all kinds of ways to dress up one of your favorite childhood meals.  Yesterday was a stressful day, so I was in the mood for some grown-up mac and cheese.

Blue Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

1 bag or family size box of pasta of your choice
4 tbs butter
3 tbs thickener of your choice (I use rice flour or potato starch)
2 tsp powdered garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesean cheese
blue cheese crumbles for on top

Method:

In a large sauce pan, prepare your pasta of choice.  Meanwhile, in another medium sized sauce pan, melt your butter on low-med heat.  Once butter is melted, stir in your thickener, garlic, salt, and pepper till you make a paste.  Add your heavy cream and milk and turn up the heat and stir till your sauce begins to thicken a bit.  Add your cheddar and parmesean cheese and stir over the heat till the cheese is melted and blended into the sauce.  Continue to thicken until your sauce is the desired consistency.  Rinse and drain your pasta and mix into your prepared cheese sauce.  Serve macaroni and cheese into bowls and crumble your desired amount of blue cheese on top.  Serve and enjoy!

This recipe can be gluten free depending on your choice of flour thickener and pasta, it is egg free, soy free, and vegetarian.

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: grown-up mac and cheese

  1. What would you recommend substituting for heavy cream? Due to gallbladder issues I can not tolerate anything with heavy cream, but i really want to try this!

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