Microwave Mac n cheese
November has finally come. And as the “Happy Holidays” signs are being put up in the streets and stores, they signal the first of the festive holiday season: Thanksgiving. Unlike the past posts I have done so far that have been for a single portion, this recipe is for two to five servings, depending on if you use it as the main course or as a side dish. From my past experiences with Thanksgiving, every rack on the oven is occupied and every burner on the stove taken. What if you could free up some oven space by pushing the microwave to its fullest potential this season and use it to do some of the cooking for you? This recipe I found for this week comes from food.com at http://www.food.com/recipe/creamy-microwave-mac-and-cheese-207201.
What you will need:
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of macaroni
- 2 tablespoons of butter (I suggest 3)
- 3 tablespoons of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese
How It’s Done:
- In a large microwaveable bowl, combine the water and macaroni noodles and microwave them for about eight minutes or until the noodles are tender. To speed this up, Target sells a product called a Rapid Mac Cooker that claims it can cook a box of noodles in under five minutes.
- In a separate smaller microwaveable bowl, microwave the butter for about thirty seconds to melt it.
- Stir in the flour, salt, and milk.
- Microwave this mixture for two minutes until the ingredients have thickened.
- Mix in the cheese and microwave for another minute or until it is melted.
- Pour this mixture over the cooked macaroni noodles and stir.
- Microwave for another three minutes to create a thick, cheesy macaroni.
- Top with salt and pepper.
Compared to food, this recipe tasted good. Compared to other mac n cheese, this recipe is in the middle. It tasted better than microwave mac n cheese bowls from the store but not quite as good as a homemade macaroni and cheese casserole. To make it taste better, I added an extra good-sized splash of milk, an extra tablespoon of melted butter, and salt and pepper. This added more flavor and created a creamier texture. As far as difficulty level is concerned, this recipe was fairly easy. There are a lot of tedious steps but not difficult, and all the ingredients were things I found in the kitchen without having to make a grocery trip. Overall, it is a good recipe after the couple changes I made. I rate it as average.
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