Dana Slatkin

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

My children love macaroni and cheese, but they will only eat the kind that comes from a box. It has always been a source of contention between us, because I don’t do anything from a box unless I am incapacitated. So mac ’n cheese was something the kids would enjoy at their friends’ homes, like bacon and sugary cereals. But as you know by now, I love a challenge. The other night, I attempted to cook the classic comfort food from scratch, using spelt pasta and real cheese.

How did it go over? Let’s just say, I wouldn’t be gleefully sharing the recipe if the dish hadn’t been licked clean. It was creamy and cheesy, with just the right amount of sauce (my kids even admitted the packaged kind never came with enough sauce). Had I been more prepared, I would have snuck in some cooked and puréed cauliflower or carrot for added nutritional punch. Perhaps a sprinkling of cheese and breadcrumbs would have lent a crusty, restaurant-y flourish. Remind me to try those next time. For now, I am tickled that once again, thinking outside the box paid off.

Wondering what to make for your Valentines of all ages? This Mac ’n Cheese, paired with a Winter Chopped Salad and followed by Ginger Chocolate Soufflés, says “I love you!”

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Photo credit: RealSimple.com

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