Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Best Mac & Cheese EVER

From the time I was little, I never liked Mac & Cheese. It seemed like a great concept -- I love cheese and I love noodles -- but it always tasted gritty to me. Yuck.

I decided to give Mac & Cheese another go now that I've got a toddler. So, I went to the store and randomly grabbed a few brands. I started to try each one. Yuck, yuck, yuck ... WAIT. One of them tasted good. GREAT, in fact. I pondered the box and suddenly realized the difference. The one that I liked was WHITE CHEDDAR, not standard yellow.  I experimented with several brands that do white cheddar and found them to be universally great.


With  this new found knowledge, I spent some time studying every type of macaroni product on the shelves. I was intrigued by a white cheddar & broccoli one that I saw, but I wasn't intrigued by the extra cost or the extra salt content. Then it occurred to me ... I bet I can make this myself.

Thus was born my toddlers absolute favorite lunch food, that I munch right along side of him. All you need on hand is your favorite brand of white cheddar mac & cheese (I like Annie's Homegrown Shells & White Cheddar, 6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 24)) and some broccoli (we get a giant bag of frozen broccoli from COSTCO, so that we can just reach in and grab some).
  1.  Boil the Water
  2. Toss in the Broccoli, first
  3. Then toss in the Pasta once the water is back to a boil
  4. Boil for however many minutes the pasta calls for
  5. Then mix in the cheese sauce, taking care to break up the broccoli as you mix
All Done! Instant, delicious lunch!

1 comment:

superior writing said...

Best recipe for the toddlers. Now no more toddler will throw tantrum in taking lunch box along. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe for toddlers