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Stovetop mac and cheese is seriously one of the easiest dishes you could make. Is it health? Nope! But some days you need a splurge and I'll say this is the ultimate splurge. What's fun about making homemade mac and cheese is you get to decide what cheeses to use. If you're going more traditional, cheddar cheese and parmesan are my go-to options. However, gruyere, goat cheese, and feta are also yummy options.
Mac and Cheese Dietary Options
As I wrote earlier, mac and cheese isn't the healthiest of options, but that's okay. Some nights splurge meals are exactly what you need. If you're looking to make this dinner a little "healthy-ish" here are a few suggestions:
- Make with gluten free pasta - I love the Cappello's brand. I buy it at Whole Foods in the freezer section. This brand is great because it has simple, healthy ingredients.
- Add some protein - My lemon chicken is a great addition. By adding some healthy protein, the pasta goes farther and can actually serve more people.
- Serve with a side salad, such as my Italian dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, or my all time favorite - Earthsprings Salad/Smoothie. If you are able to enjoy some delicious greens and veggies, you can eat your homemade mac and cheese and not feel as bad!
Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese
Homemade mac and cheese is one of the most dangerous recipes you'll make. It's so easy and truly delicious. After you make it once, your family will beg you to make it again and again.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 cup milk I use whole
- 1 block (8ounces ) sharp cheddar cheese cubed
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese plus more for topping
- ⅛ cup pasta water or more if needed
- 1 box fusilli pasta you can use other varieties of pasta too
- 1/4 tsp salt more if needed
In a large pot, boil water and cook the pasta according to the box. Reserve ¼ of the pasta water.
In a medium sized pot, heat 2 tablespoons butter. Once the butter has melted, add the flour. Cook the flour for about 2 minutes. Add the milk and whisk on medium heat until it starts to thicken - about 5 minutes. Once the milk mixture starts to look thicker - slightly coats the back of a spoon - add the cheeses and 1/8 cup pasta water. Mix until the cheeses have melted, about 3-4 minutes. Add the cooked noodles. Add extra pasta water if the mixture is too thick. Taste for seasoning.
The fun thing about mac and cheese is you can use any cheese. Gruyere, goat cheese, feta, havarti, American, provolone - all of these make delicious options.
In these photos, I chose sharp cheddar cheese and parmesan because they are the cheeses I always have on hand.
This dish doesn't make the best leftovers. The cheese sauce thickens quite a bit, so I would enjoy it all the night of!
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