Friday, February 6, 2009

Macaroni and Cheese

You may wonder why I'd even offer this as a recipe. Everyone and her sister makes it. But this is a pretty neat one, having come from a children's book called Mary Poppins in the Kitchen. And who knows better than Mary Poppins?! I also make 'her' scrambled eggs, and her angel cake. As you know by now, I don't like cheese so you'll have to take Tom's word on this one. He thinks it is great, and is bringing it to a teacher get-together this afternoon.

Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 pound macaroni, cooked

2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 cup milk
1 cup grated cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
2 T. butter

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Grease 1 quart baking dish. (I use a 2 quart)

Melt butter.
Stir in flour to make thick paste.
Add milk and whisk vigorously to make a smooth sauce.
Cook 2-3 minutes at low temp. till thickened.
Stir in cheese.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir into macaroni and place in baking dish.

Mix 1/2 cup cheese with crumbs.
Sprinkle over macaroni and cheese.
Dot with butter.
Bake 20-30 minutes until hot and crisp on top.

Today I doubled the recipe, and baked it in a greased 9x13 pan.


  1. You don't like cheese? For serious? I'm pretty certain I'd die without cheese. It's the one *huge* roadblock to my considerations of veganism. I'm kinda jealous I think! :-)


  2. Hey Lezlie, my 'roadblocks' are butter, milk, and eggs. :<) My family is just like you. They love cheese beyond words.

  3. in England we call it Macaroni Cheese, without the and....heaven knows why. Great comfort food.


  4. Oh man... that sounds great. My family recipe for mac and cheese uses american cheese, but i've grown to like many variations including different kinds of cheese.

  5. Wow. No cheese. What a bleak existence! Kidding of course. But t'would be a bleak existence for me. Mostly it's cheddar. Oh and Brie, Havarti, cream cheese is good, Chevre, Feta. Sigh. Cambozola, too. I would lose five pounds in three weeks if it weren't for cheese. But what's five pounds of pure happiness worth? :)

    "Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese -- toasted, mostly."
    Robert Louis Stevenson

  6. Yum! Comfort food at my house...Mary Poppins would never lead us astray!
    And I must comment of those icicles...fantastic! :)

  7. Ah, thank you all my cheese-loving-friends for stopping by and taking the time to comment. If you ever try Miss P's recipe, I hope it turns out great for you! Tom said it was a big hit at the party. There was a little left over which made the dogs very happy. Their favorite words from us are: "we've got the cheese!"

    Carole, I've noticed this in books. And those Canadians, the Barenaked Ladies, call it "Kraft Dinners." Even though Americans might make the packaged M&C from Kraft, I've never heard anyone from the US say "K. Dinners." Ah, language!

    Mibsy, those icicles have been a curtain for the kitchen window for a long time now. :<)

  8. omgosh, I was completely obsessed with Mary Poppins when I was little - there is a cookbook! I can now see I will spend the rest of my days trying to find a copy at every used books sale I go to!

  9. Susan, just for fun I went to amazon, and they have a copy in stock for $5.99 in HC, and there are also used copies you can get from booksellers through amaz. I've done this a lot and had great success. I found it a wonderful book.

  10. Thanks, Nan! I just went and ordered it.

  11. Susan, I think you'll enjoy it. There's lots of wisdom about meals and life.


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