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Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese also called Mac and Cheese is a well known dish and also a favorite dish among kids. Who doesn’t love cheese, specially kids? But if you are health conscious you can substitute some of the high calorie ingredients with low fat or non fat ones such as milk with skim milk and cheese with low fat cheese. It is always good to eat home made dishes, especially when it comes to high calorie food as we are aware of what we throw in and alter them if we need. I am not against outside food but I would prefer home food. Again I adapted this dish from Food Network and altered it a bit here and there to my style. Here you go…

Preparation time: 60 minutes

Spice level: 2 out of 5

No. of servings: 8 to 10


  • Elbow macaroni – 1 pound
  • Olive oil – 4 tbsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsp (I used “I can’t believe it’s not butter”)
  • All purpose flour or maida – 6 tbsp
  • White mustard powder – 2 tbsp
  • Chopped onions – 1 cup
  • Milk – 5 cups ( I used 2 cups of skim milk and 3 cups of 1% milk)
  • Cheddar cheese – 1 1/2 cup
  • Pepper Jack cheese – 1/2 cup
  • Red chili flakes – 2 tbsp
  • Bay leaves – 2
  • Kosher salt – 2 tsp (adjust to taste)
  • Black pepper – 1 tbsp
  • Bread crumbs – 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter – 2 tbsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large pot bring water to boil and add some salt and a tbsp of olive oil and stir well.
  3. Add macaroni shells and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.
  4. Heat olive oil and 2 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan and add flour and mustard powder to make a paste.
  5. Stir in milk, onions, bay leaves, red chili flakes and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the bay leaves and add a cup of cheddar cheese and the pepper jack cheese.
  7. Season it with some salt and pepper and stir it for a couple of minutes.
  8. Now stir in the cooked pasta shells and remove from heat.
  9. Transfer the contests to a baking dish and top it with remaining cheddar cheese.
  10. Heat 2 tbsp of unsalted butter in a pan and add bread crumbs and toss for a minute or two.
  11. Now top the macaroni with the bread crumbs and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or till the corners starts bubbling and browning.
  12. Remove from oven and serve after 5 minutes.

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  1. macaroni looks awesome …very sinful ..yummy

  2. Mac and irresistible..feel like having some now..thanks for sharing..have a nice day!

  3. absolute comfort food and so damn easy to make..its a fav in our household

  4. I never say no to this dish, my fav anytime..

  5. nice preparation..looks so perfect and yummy..

  6. Love it.

  7. Cheesy n delish..this is my 3 year old daughter’s most favorite thing!:)

  8. cheesy Macaroni looks so beautiful and yummy!

  9. Oh, that looks delish !

  10. Mac cheese looks so inviting and delicious… A perfect dish:)

  11. yummmmmmyyyyyyy treat

  12. Excellent treat…. Yummilicious

  13. Yummm! Very appetizing and divine! So great!

  14. yum! this is some of the best looking mac and cheese!

  15. wowww looks awesome ..perfect dish!!

  16. yummy mac n cheese.. awesome!

  17. wow looks irresistible…

  18. That looks yummy! Bon apetit!

  19. wonderful blog and very nice recipes……. !!!

  20. Heavenly and super yum!

  21. Ooooooh my kids LOVE mac & cheese,and that one looks absolutely delicious! very inviting!! will try ur version.:)

  22. This would make my daughter jump with joy :-) Love the baked version and yours look yumm

  23. Wow tempting Mac N Cheese..My daughter’s favorite.Looks tempting !!

  24. Yummmmmmm!!!!!

  25. Looks so cheese and yummy..loved it..

  26. Simply delicious..

  27. Nice recipe… This is such a classic and a big favorite of mine, especially made homemade :)

  28. Yummy macaroni and cheese..

  29. Hi Nithu,

    Looks yummy and very very fattening!!! I shd prpbably leave out the red pepper flakes, If I am serving for kids!!! YUM!


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