servings: 6-8       prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes       total time: 35

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ingredients
1.5 lb elbow noodles
kosher salt
3 T butter
3 T all-purpose flour
3.5 c milk
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese (grated) – [i bought 2 6oz bags of murray’s mac & cheese which is a combination of a mix of nutty Gruyère, creamy Butterkase, and meaty Raclette cheeses]
1/2 c freshly grated parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper

directions

  1. bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. cook the noodles to al dente according to the package instructions. drain and set aside.
  2. in a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until the flour start to take on color, stirring constantly. whisk in the milk, making sure to eliminate any lumps. cook for 5 minutes over low, stirring occasionally.
  3. stir in the cheese and adjust seasoning to taste. stir in noodles to coat completely.

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makes 6 servings       time: 30 minutes

“a healthier alternative to hamburger helper”

ingredients
1 T evoo
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1.5 lbs ground beef
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 T all-purpose flour
2 c drained canned diced tomatoes
3/4 c chicken stock, unsalted
1 lb elbow macaroni
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 c)
1/4 c parsley
salt & ground pepper, to taste

directions

  1. bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. heat a large skillet over medium heat. heat the oil, then add the onion and season with salt. cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  3. add the beef, oregano, and cayenne and season generously with salt and pepper. season the beef well at this point because the seasonings won’t get in there if you add them later. cook, stirring to break the meat up into little pieces, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. drain the fat (very important step !) out of the pan and discard.
  4. sprinkle flour over the beef and stir until well mixed. stir int he tomatoes and stock. raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. simmer hard over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. while the beef simmers, add the macaroni and 1 tsp salt to the boiling water. cook a minute less than the label directs and drain well.
  6. stir into beef. stir in half of the cheese. if the mixture is too thick and stiff, stir in more stock to loosen it up.
  7. divide among serving bowls and top with parsley and remaining cheese. serve immediately.

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crock pot macaroni and cheese

September 9, 2015

yields 4-6 servings       total time: 2 hours 20 minutes

ingredients
2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
4 T butter (1/2 stick)
2 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese (use freshly grated cheese, not pre-packaged shredded kind)
2 eggs
1/2 c sour cream
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 tsp salt
1 c whole milk
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper

directions

  1. boil the macaroni in water for six minutes. drain.
  2. in a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. stir until the cheese melts.
  3. whisk the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper in a separate bowl.
  4. spray the inside of the slow cooker lightly with some pam.
  5. in slow cooker, add the cheese mixture, then the egg mixture.
  6. add the drained macaroni and stir.
  7. cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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makes 6 servings       prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes        ready in: 35 minutes

ingredients:
3 c dry, small elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
2 T cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 12 oz. can Nestle Carnation evaporated milk (or 2% milk)
1 c water
2 T margarine
2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

directions:

  1. cook macaroni, drain, and then set aside.
  2. combine cornstarch (with cold water), salt, mustard and pepper in medium saucepan. stir in evaporated milk and butter. cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. boil for 1 minute. remove from heat.
  3. stir in cheese until melted. add macaroni, mix well. pour into prepared casserole dish.

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