My oldest son and husband love boxed macaroni and cheese. They would eat it every day if I made it. Long ago I stopped buying Kraft because of the artificial dyes and other questionable ingredients. I switched over to Annie’s brand because it is a little more clean, especially if you buy the 100% whole wheat version. But it is still processed and not as healthy or natural as homemade macaroni and cheese.
I have one tip for you if you are trying to eat more naturally: don’t use pre-shredded cheese! It took me about 30 seconds to shred 1 cup of cheese from the block. Pre-shredded cheese has cellulose added to it to keep it from sticking and it just doesn’t taste near as good as freshly shredded cheese. Organic cheese is really expensive but I buy rBST (a hormone given to cows) free cheese from Sprouts that is inexpensive.
You can make this a meal by serving it with a salad or steamed/roasted vegetables on the side. OR you could add some steamed broccoli right into the macaroni and cheese. That would be delicious.
This recipe makes about the same amount of one box of macaroni. If you need more you can double the recipe.
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
8 oz pasta (I usually use 100% whole wheat pasta but you can use any type)
2 T butter
1 T flour (I used white whole wheat but you can use any type)
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese (I used colby/jack because it’s what I had but I usually use cheddar)
1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package instructions.
While pasta is cooking, make cheese sauce. To make the cheese sauce melt butter in a sauce pan on low-medium heat. Blend in flour and salt. Cook and stir for one minute. Gradually add in milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add cheese and stir until melted.
Stir in cooked macaroni and add pepper to taste.
**If you want to dress up this macaroni you can add breadcrumbs and cheese to the top and bake. To do that you need to melt 1 T of butter and mix with 2 T breadcrumbs (seasoned or unseasoned.) Pour the macaroni into a baking dish and sprinkle the bread crumb mixture and 1/2 cup shredded cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until melted.