Monday, July 28, 2008

Deceptively Delicious Mac and Cheese

This is really the only recipe from last week I need to post. Nice!! One night we had the remainder of a lasagna I'd frozen, one night was leftover night while I went out with some friends, and Friday night we just had portobello mushroom burgers. Saturday we were on a date night, last night the husband grilled brats. This week, though, is full of exciting dinners!

Normally when I make mac and cheese I use my mother-in-law's recipe because, frankly, it's awesome. My friend Jen B. said they had really liked the Deceptively Delicious mac and cheese recipe, so I figured we'd try it.

Macaroni and Cheese 1 (as opposed to Macaroni and Cheese 2)
1-1/2 cups elbow macaroni
Nonstick cooking spray
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup butternut squash or cauliflower puree
1-1/2 cups shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
4 ounces reduced-fat or nonfat cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain.

While the macaroni is cooking, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the oil, then the flour, and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture resembles a think paste but has not browned, 1-2 minutes.

Add the milk and cook, stirring every now and then, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3-4 minutes. Add the vegetable puree, cheddar, cream cheese, and seasonings. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the macaroni and serve warm.


The husband and boy both liked it, but I swear all I could taste was the roux. I'm not good at making a roux. I know my limitations and that's one of them. I don't know if I got it too dark or what. I maybe should have added more cheese to it. Oh, and I doubled the recipe because it didn't sound like it was going to make enough to feed us. It's possible I messed up doubling and forgot to double something...who knows.

All in all, it was okay. I like my MIL's recipe better and will stick to making that one in the future and just adding in vegetable puree to it.

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