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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Creamy Stove-Top Mac-N-Cheese

Who wants some mac-n-cheese?

You better be raising your hands.  I bet you'd raise your hand if no one was looking, right?  Minus one dear friend of mine {hi, Jana!} I've never known anyone to not like mac-n-cheese.

I will say homemade is my preferred way to eat this dish.  I will eat the boxed variety if in a pinch, and frankly the kids don't care either way, but I at least try and get the "healthy" boxed variety for them....if there is such a thing.

This macaroni reminds me of the kind I had growing up.  My sister, brother and I had a dear, older babysitter that we went to when my parent's were out on the town or just needed a breather.  She was wonderful.  In fact, we often just asked if we could go over there, just because.

And sometimes we did just that.  Went over there even when our parent's were home.

Anyway.  She made the best homemade macaroni and cheese.  I have no idea how she made it, but it is what I requested for lunch EVERYDAY.  Seriously, I don't remember eating anything else at her house....all those years....other than toast with grape jelly and her cinnamon rolls {so healthy!}.

I do have a distinct memory of helping her cut up carrots and celery in her kitchen for something....and her frying up hamburgers one night, but this macaroni is what stands out.

She must have bought elbow macaroni, cheese and milk by the pounds to keep up with our consumption.  I often wonder why she never denied us this meal.  Most babysitters would say "now, we just had that yesterday, let's have something different today".  Nope not her.  She just kept making it.

The great thing about this macaroni is that is comes all together on the stove-top in under 20 minutes.  And the longer you let it sit, the thicker the sauce gets.  I took these pictures when the sauce was still a little runny {still good!}, but trust me the longer it sits, the better it gets.

And heated up the next day for lunch?  Wow.  I was impressed.  It by no means has that over-dried no flavor taste to it.  In fact, it was almost better.  Did I just say that?

Try this.  I give you the challenge to throw away those boxed mixed {or donate them}and make this just once for your kids.  I'd be surprised if they didn't give it 5 stars.

Creamy Stove-Top Mac-n-Cheese
2 c. elbow macaroni
1 T. butter
2 eggs
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
1 t. salt
3/4 t. pepper
3/4 t. dry mustard
1 1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large pot, boil and cook elbow macaroni according to package directions.  Drain well and return pasta to the pot.  Stir in butter.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt, salt, pepper and mustard.  Pour the egg/milk mixture into the pot and stir.  Add the cheese and continue stirring over medium heat until sauce has thickened and is very creamy {will take a few minutes}.  Serve hot.

Oh, for the love of cheese....

And my husband who turns 31 today.  I almost forgot him.  Sometimes my love of cheese trumps him.

Just kidding!  Happy Birthday!

Would you eat this?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Happy birthday to your husband!! haha, cheese trumps the hubby? I could say the same about chocolate some days :)
    This definitely looks like the macaroni I used to eat as a kid, delicious. And it has greek yogurt?? That's awesome. What I love is that your kids would eat EITHER the homemade OR the boxed. When I was young I refused to eat mac and cheese when my mom made it. Looking back though, it was the best kind.

  2. I seriously love mac and cheese and this looks so good and a heck of a lot healthier.

  3. My kids will not eat the box mac n cheese. I make a simple stovetop version but it's nothing like this one! I love the addition of yogurt for some added protein :)

  4. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)February 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I would totally eat that!!! I love how saucy it looks!

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