Friday, October 2, 2009

Mac and Cheese

I've been craving macaroni and cheese like crazy lately. I'm not real sure what's in blue box mac and cheese...Do you? Plus I've been avoiding eating meals that come right out of a box while I'm pregnant. I have an amazing husband who not only found a great macaroni and cheese recipe but he also made it for me! How cool is that.


6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)


  • 3 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 12 ounces strozzapreti or penne pasta
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk, divided
  • 2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Cooking spray


1. Preheat broiler.

2. Bring 6 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.

3. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add 1 cup milk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until it cools to 155°. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, onions, hot sauce, pepper, and bacon; stir. Add pasta; toss. Spoon into a 2-quart broiler-safe dish coated with cooking spray; top with 1/2 cup cheese. Broil 7 minutes.

You can also check out the recipe here. He substituted hot sauce with cayenne pepper and only put bacon in his half. You can also see he added bread crumbs.

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