What’s for dinner?? – Whole Wheat Mac n’ Cheese!

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Nutrition, Recipes, Whole Foods and Organics

My kids LOVE mac n’ cheese and I severely despise of the dozens of unpronounceable ingredients listed on the back of the over-recognizable blue box found on grocery store shelves and pantry shelves across the nation. So I have been making a homemade version of this convenience version of the ever popular comfort food that I think everyone secretly loves. The best part about my version of mac n cheese is that it is just as easy to make and takes only as long as it would take you to crack open that little blue box and rip into that vacuum sealed pouch of orange powdery something….

Try this recipe out the next time you need some quick mac n’ cheese! I guarantee you will love it!

Whole Wheat Mac N’Cheese

INGREDIENTS

1 – 1 ½ cups of dried whole-wheat macaroni noodles, boiled according to package directions
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
1 cup milk
1 cup grated cheese (you can use any type of cheese…we usually use sharp white cheddar or a mix of different cheeses works well too)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional topping: grated parmesan cheese or whole-wheat breadcrumbs
DIRECTIONS

Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.
Whisk in the flour and keep whisking for about 1 – 2 minutes until the roux (which is equal parts flour and butter or oil) starts to darken, but does not burn.
Turn the heat down to low and quickly whisk in the milk. Turn the heat back up to medium and keep whisking until the mixture starts to thicken and all lumps of flour are dissolved.
Stir in the grated cheese and once it melts mix in the cooked noodles. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately and enjoy!

I do not encourage you to eat the entire pot of cheesy goodness, though it definitely tastes good enough to do so. It is cheese and butter and milk… all are high in calories BUT, if you are looking for mac n’ cheese for dinner, this recipe, with all of its pronounceable and identifiable ingredients, this is by far a better option than the blue box version.

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