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I'm back...with a new recipe

After a slight mini break, I'm back and with a new recipe. Tonight's recipe is my modification of Alton Brown's Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese. This is a favorite recipe in my home especially with my younger son. However the very first time I made it, everyone thought the sauce was too heavy and the recipe made too small of an amount for a dinner sized serving. So I went back, doubled some ingredients, modified others until I achieved a mac-n-cheese that was perfectly delicious without being heavy.

My Modified Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese
Makes approx. 6 servings.

You will need the following cooking equipment:

  • Large Pot

  • Colander

  • Long handled mixing spoon

  • Whisk

  • Mixing bowl

  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients you will need are:

  • 1lb Elbows or other small pasta shape (shells, rotini, etc)

  • 12oz Evaporated milk [Note: I use fat free evaporated skim milk to lessen calories]

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 8-10oz Sharp cheddar cheese, grated [Note: To lessen calories, use ONLY Cabot's 50% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar--excellent taste for less calories, no differences can be tasted]

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once it boils, add pasta and cook for approx. 6-7 minutes. You want the pasta to be slightly chewy so it doesn't break apart.

Step 2: While the pasta cooks, add the milk, eggs, mustard, hot sauce, pepper and salt to the mixing bowl.
Whisk together until combined.

Step 3: Once pasta is done, drain and return to pot. Add butter and lightly toss pasta with butter until coated.

Step 4: Once butter is all melted, add milk mixture and grated cheese.

Step 5: On very low flame, gently stir pasta.
Once cheese is completely melted and sauce starts to thicken, remove from flame. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving so that sauce thickens a bit more.
Then serve.

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days and reheated in the microwave. Enjoy!


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 5th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
I made this tonight! It was great!

Thanks for the comfort food recommendation.
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Great minds think alike. We had this for dinner tonight too. I'm glad you liked it.
Feb. 6th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Not sure what went wrong for me, the cheese didn't really melt evenly, ended up with small slumps.
The only thing I did different was added some ham.
The more I stirred, the dryer and clumpier it became...?
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Hmmm, weird. Did you have it on a very low flame? Maybe it was too hot?
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