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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recipe Wednesday #5: Macaroni and Cheese Dinner

If you have kids and a budget and a busy schedule, you have macaroni and cheese.  I stopped buying the boxed versions and started  making my own a long time ago.  It just takes a little longer, really, it is healthier and you can customize it into a delicious and frugal meal.

Cook 16 oz of macaroni according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.  In the same pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter and blend in 2 tablespoons flour.  Stir in 1 1/2 -2 cups of milk (depending on how saucey you want the cheese sauce) and blend in well with the flour/butter.  Stir frequently until thickened and bubbly.  Stir in your choices of cheese (about 8 oz worth).  I use whatever I have on hand which may include  muenster, cheddar, provolone, swiss, colby jack, and/or gouda.  Stir in the cooked pasta and salt and pepper to taste.

To make a meal of it, add in cooked chopped ham (as in picture above), or cooked ground beef, or grilled chicken.

You can also change up this recipe and use boiled potatoes or rice or cauliflower, instead.  Or add in cooked vegetables.

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