Monday, December 21, 2009

Macaroni and Cheese

Tonight's meal was good and easy to prepare but it turned out to be more than a two-year-old cared to complete. Audrey tired of making the cheese sauce half-way through but was thrilled to put the bread crumbs and extra cheese on top at the end.
This recipe comes from The Parenting Cookbook
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup  milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp grated cheese
  • 1/2 pound dried macaroni
  • 1 tsp oil or butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Grate cheese (she still loves her food processor)
  2. Stir sauce
  3. Place noddles in water
  4. Grease dish
  5. Stir cooked noddles in dish
  6. Place cheese and bread crumbs on top
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Help with the sauce
  2. Boil water and help Audrey add noddles
  3. Heat oven
  4. Drain noodles and place in dish
  5. Place sauce over noodles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the flour and stir to create a paste. Let cook about 1 minute, or until golden brown. Slowly add the milk, a bit at a time, whisking until you have a smooth sauce. Let cook about 5 minutes, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slowly add the 1/2 cup of grated cheese and keep warm over very low heat.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add the macaroni and cook about 8 minutes, or until just tender. (Do not overcook or the pasta will start to fall apart.) Drain the pasta
Grease a medium ovenproof skillet or casserole with the teaspoon of oil or butter. Add the drained macaroni and toss gently with the sauce, stirring well to coat all the pasta. Sprinkle the top with the bread crumbs and the remaining 2 tbsps of cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbling.

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