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Close Tasting Table To-Dos. Around the Web. All the time. I gotta say that I think a Big Mac is a brilliant sandwich. Note that I did not say burger. A Big Mac is not really a burger as the meat is almost superfluous to the special sauce, the sweet squishy buns, and the pickles. Beatles and Zeppelin. Currently nothing. But I listen to podcasts when I drive. I highly recommend them. Usually hours a night, a little more on the weekends. I wrote my book mostly between the hours of midnight and 4AM.
My dad was the same way. Alton Brown. This is the case certainly with writing—the most casual, easy sounding voice is the one that was probably the most carefully crafted and stressed over.
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Photo by Vicky Wasik. Grana Padano is a perfect substitute for Parmigiano, especially if you manage to fin a well-aged type say at least 24 months. Glad to hear this. Tell me: I know that basics — use good quality EVOO on salad or when the ingredient is the shining star, but wondering if I am missing anything. Also, I made this mac and cheese for dinner last night — doubled it, used half parm and half sharp cheddar, added a dollop of sour cream because I was winging it, and it was delish.
Of course, my kid only ate raspberries and croutons, but at least my husband liked it. Canned tomatoes! I tend to go for the Muir Glen fire roasted for most recipes but would love to hear your thoughts on what to splurge vs save on. Would truffles fall into this category or are they too fancy? Vanilla, saffron, fancy salts….
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I never thought about bolstering my cheddar with parm or pecorino, though! Interesting Deb, I always try to avoid starchiness with mac n cheese- actually, with any pasta so I always boil with copious amounts of water, and cook the pasta very al dente. To me, it allows the cheesiness to really stand out and the cheesy flavor seems to stay more concentrated as well.
Ah, Vive le difference! My one tweak is to add a good bit of hatch green chile powder which really pumps it up. Alex — I was just thinking of adding a note about hatch green chile powder, then I saw your post! LOVE the flavor! Unique flavor. I make mac and cheese with a bechamel, too- but find that when I add just the pecorino pre-grated from the store, but nothing added that I have on hand, the texture of the sauce is always grainy. Oh, maybe this is what happened to mine. I was worried about my cheese melting so I popped the heat on briefly. Otherwise though, it was amazing.
But definitely better. I had to go out and get more pasta and parmesan tonight for repeats. In the bad old days, one might add a drop of red and yellow food coloring to this to give the impression that yellow cheddar was used, or to impersonate Kraft Dinner. Today, perhaps one could add a tiny bit of carrot juice to accomplish the same thing if you have ever read the Little House books, you would know that in olden days pioneer women would add color to their butter with a little bit of grated carrot juice.
I know it is crazy for an adult to say, but this looks so white. I need my mac and cheese to look orange…at least a little orange. Anyway I just made this exact recipe for my three year old and she scarfed it all down very happily. Just a suggestion! My version of quick homemade mac and cheese tastes just like the box but is if I may offer humbly even quicker and easier. Over high heat, stir in a couple tablespoons of butter, a couple tablespoons of creme fraiche, and a handful or two of pre-grated sharp cheddar right from the bag!
Done and delicious! I make it for my 5-year old but make extra for me! Always delicious and devoured. Also, I have no idea what quantity of flour is used when the butter is rolled in flour. I made this for myself tonight. I had 6 ounces of penne rigate on hand, so I scaled all the other ingredients up to the slightly higher quantity of pasta. I used an ounce of cheddar and half an ounce of pecorino romano in the sauce. Since mine was stale got lost in the back of the spice shelf I used vadouvan instead when I made the roux. I liked the way it turned out and had a hard time only eating half.
I find it genius that this recipe is infinitely scalable. Well ok, maybe not infinitely, but easily scalable up to about a pound of pasta. I put more grated cheese on top and put it under the grill to brown. I have never made macaroni cheese from a packet. I add a little dried mustard powder and a teaspoon of stock powder to increase the flavour. The comments remind me that years ago a cousin who is an excellent cook had her daughter come home from a sleepover raving about a dinner with I think meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
Your opening comment, Deb, about the grocery store being your second home reminded me of my times in the grocery aisles with a child in the cart, almost 30 years ago now.
I make the Martha version all the time but only half the recipe since we are only two people. It reheats very well too. I even gave some to one of my neighbors who then wanted the recipe. When I was in college, back in the dark ages pre-internet, one of my roommates kept taking the cheese powder out of the Mac and cheese box to put on her popcorn.
We ended up with so many boxes of just plain noodles. She needed that big container of cheese powder!
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I made this tonight immediately after reading the recipe. It tasted great, but turned out kind of gummy and all stuck together, not really saucy. It almost had the consistency of mashed potatoes before I added the pasta. I did use spaghetti it was already cooked in the fridge , which maybe made it all get stuck together even more, but I wish the sauce had been a bit more… loose. Do you have any suggestions? Hm, what kind of cheese? Was the spaghetti cold? That might have done it, where the sauce that would slip easily over hot, just-boiled pasta, would seize up on cold spaghetti.
No worries, Deb. My daughters, now 25 and 26 how did that happen! Love Mac and cheese with steamed broccoli! Thanks, as always, for another winner! She whisks the flour into the cold milk FIRST and then puts it on the heat with the dollop of butter floating on top. I love it! Thanks for the tip!
I used this to good effect. I made this with half parmesan and half sharp cheddar which I made twice as the first got scarfed. I think this may now be my go-to fast mac and cheese recipe going forward. The Serious Eats 3 ingredient mac and cheese was my previous go-to fast recipe. You definitely need to check out this method. I have been making this rather than the boxed stuff for quite some time. No traditional bechamel- just milk with flour and cheese.
Works great for us every time. We made stovetop mac and cheese just the other night off http: We used some hatch chile cheddar we had picked up in Wisconsin, which I can highly recommend. This was outstanding. I intended to double the recipe for two of us, but only had 5 oz of pasta in the pantry rookie mistake! I doubled the sauce and stirred in two cups of steamed broccoli along with the noodles. Also, I had the ends of a well-melting gruyere and a sharp Irish cheddar, so I subbed out about half of the pecorino for those. OMG it was good—warm, comforting, and oh-so-delicious.
Thank you for yet another perfect and simple weeknight dish, Deb! My partner is still talking about how great this recipe was. Since you enlightened me to the difference between Morton and Diamond Kosher Salt, I hope you will be more specific which you used in any given recipe, please.
Because of you, I now have both on hand along with a whole raft of others you had no influence over. Thanks, Deb! Until you posted about salt, I had no idea there was anything generally available other than Mortons. My all time favorite is not Kosher, but Celtic Sea Salt. I also use pink Himalayan salt and Swedish flake often and occasionally fleur de sel or smoked salt. My husband thinks I am nuts to have so many different ones on hand, but I can taste the difference because I have a light hand.
Is this happening to anyone else? If yes, might it be possible to fix it? I made this after your insta-story and just now. Huge hit. Last year, while I was pregnant I had one truly prego meltdown. I was living in a foreign country where the cheese game was a bit sad and cheddar was nearly nonexistent. I spent the next 2 hours crying in bed trying to find a way to have some shipped to me. Every time I make it I overcook the roux and burn the flour. Your instructions are perfect! Learning to try everything and enjoy greens early and understand cooking makes a huge difference! Oh my god Deb.
Comfort food is absolutely required today. This saved a really crappy day for me yesterday! Used the pasta, tossed in this delicious homemade cheese sauce I used grated sharp cheddar and swooned with every bite of my well-earned comfort food dinner. Posts like this are why I love SK so so much. I had a recipe similar to this except it also included dashes of garlic and onion powders and it was amazing and I made it all the time as a teen.
It was the first meal that I would routinely cook by myself after, of course, the boxed version. Deb, how would this reheat? I would imagine not very well. This was so delicious. Made it with orecchiette because that was all I had. My kids and I devoured it. Danger — besides some of the obvious, there are toxic chemicals in most boxed mac n cheese products. From the article: Patisaul said. Emerging research has also suggested links between early childhood exposure to phthalates and neurodevelopmental and behavior problems in young children, including aggression, hyperactivity and possible cognitive delays, said Dr.
Sheela Sathyanarayana, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, who studies phthalates. Lo and behold, I am somehow home alone for the first night in a decade oh, children, how you change things and I got to make it as written. I love mac-n-cheese, but we are rarely able to have it in our house.
My wife has a visceral childhood aversion to homogenous white ish foods, so that rules out white sauces, porridge, and even custard sadface. Does anyone else suffer from this? Oh my!!!! It tastes like Cacio e Pepe!!! Thank you!!!
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Although this looks like a little less work and a nice serving size! Hi, Ann the RVer here. This post bought back many memories. Many, many years ago, when my children were growing up Mac and Cheese was a favorite. However, I never used the box. I boiled elbow macaroni, when done I added milk, margarine and velveeta cheese until it was a consistency that I was happy with.
It was always delicious and my children loved it! I used this recipe as a base; however, what I hand on hand at home was this: The dish turned out delicious!
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So good! Thank you for another go-to. I did this with a combo of parmesan and montgomery cheddar. Added freshly shelled peas spring! Such a delight. Meant to add — I used a thick nut milk Nutpods — combo of coconut and almond bc I had no regular milk at home and it still worked great. Hi Deb: I have been following you for years…ever since I found a picture of your kitchen in NY. It looked just like the kitchen in a NY apartment he shared. He did not cook at that time so I only saw it once. I had a good size kitchen but still found your suggestions very useful.
I have no downsized and I am really taking your advice although at 84 it is difficult to change. I made this mac and cheese last night and it is a keeper, I doubled it because I had to make some for my husband and it was fast and easy. Perfect for a raging storm when you need comfort.
Made sweet potatoes the night before just a little too salty but yummy. Have both cookbooks and use them often. Tell Mom we all love her apple cake. This is certainly fast, but I had to add a lot more milk to thin in out and, overall, thought it had too much sauce. I actually used more milk and less cheese than specified because I was scaling it up x1.
I could barely get it to melt into the sauce. That being said, it was very very tasty and the toddler certainly had zero complaints. I might tone it down a notch next time though. For fast easy grated Parmesan: Then I always have it when I need it in a recipe. I too cannot pass up a weird or out-of-the-ordinary pasta shape. I had to chuckle reading this because I make homemade Mac and cheese for my 5-yr old son and never give him the boxed kind.
AKA, did you know you can buy movie theater butter flavor on Amazon? Also I made this tonight with couscous instead of pasta and put your pagrattato breadcrumbs on top and excuse me I think I need to lie down. I quadrupled this last night for my family of 5. It worked very well with about half Parmesan and Romano and half white cheddar. The kids loved it and declared that it was as good as or better than the box. Next time I will try using some sharper cheese at the end for the adult portion. Thanks Deb! Oh my goodness! I added a spoonful of homemade tomato relish just cos I had it there.
I made this last night and it was delicious! Also, I thought the sauce by itself would be fantastic poured over steamed broccoli or cauliflower, or perhaps sauteed leeks.