Sunday, February 19, 2012

Quick Macaroni & Cheese

Need a quick bite of pure comfort? Mac and cheese always fits the bill. If you have a little more time, you can mix in some diced ham or crumbled bacon and top with bread crumbs and brown in the oven. But this way is just fine.

Quick Macaroni and Cheese

Half a package Bowtie pasta (or whatever shape you have on hand)
2 T. butter
3 T. flour
About 3/4 c. milk (chicken broth will also work great)
3/4-1 c. shredded cheese (I used about 3/4 c of a mix of Swiss and medium cheddar)
1 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cayenne
1/2 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and continue to whisk until flour/butter mix is golden brown. Whisk in milk until smooth. Add cheese and whisk until cheese is melted and incorporated. Add spices and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to whisk fairly often until pasta is al dente. Drain pasta, then stir in the cheese sauce until well incorporated. Serve immediately.

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