This is another holiday dish I love to make each year. We love it so much that I make it year round. I’ve made an update to this recipe. I now use 1 block of sharp white cheddar cheese and 1 block of pepper jack cheese. The pepper jack adds a fun spiciness that we love. If you don’t like spicy cheese, you could stick with just white cheddar or add other types of cheese you enjoy as well. This dish is customizable as long as you follow the recipe for the roux (aka sauce).
A favorite side dish in my house is macaroni & cheese. Homemade macaroni & cheese. It is the perfect comfort food and I love making it from scratch because I can control the ingredients in it. (Versus using a box with the powdered cheese ;)) With very little effort, it is easy to make a creamy side dish that is sure to please a crowd. I typically make this for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter as a side dish Then a couple of times throughout the year when me or hubby are craving it, I will make it to go along with grilled chicken or burgers or soup. I always make this with two bars of Cabot White Cheddar Cheese. You do not have to use Cabot, in fact you don’t have to use white cheddar or even block cheddar. Shredded cheese would work perfectly as well!
- Always purchase pasta when it is on sale and stockpile it away. I try to purchase pasta when it is on sale BOGO and there is a coupon to use with the sale. Typically regular pasta is around $0.50/box or less shopping like this.
- Macaroni & Cheese does not have to be as calorie filled as you would think. I use skim milk. (In fact, I always cook with skim milk.) I also use two different blocks of Cabot cheese. One block is 50% Reduced Fat and the other block is Sharp. And I will also use either whole wheat pasta or for this recipe, pictured below, I used brown rice, gluten-free pasta! Hubby didn’t even realize the difference! I would not recommend substituting the white flower in this recipe with whole wheat flower. (You all know that I love to substitute whole wheat flower whenever possible.) Whole wheat flour changes the color of the sauce and gives it a murky color. And the flavor of the whole wheat flower comes out in the sauce and it isn’t the most pleasant.