#1 LOVES mac and cheese. We've teased her growing up that the day would come that she'd go to a fancy restaurant--for prom or something--and would order mac and cheese.
It's spring break here, and yesterday, #1 scanned the pantry for the blue box but found none. UGH! So, I taught her how to make it.
In the end, she realized that what she was eating was healthier (none of the added colorings, etc.), more delicious and just as easy to make. So, for her future reference and for anyone else who wants to try it, here's how it goes....
Boil some water for the pasta. Once it's boiling, pour in the pasta and let it cook according to the package instructions.
While the pasta is cooking, put some butter in a saucepan. It will really depend on how much you want to make, but for her portion, which ended up being about three average-sized portions, she put 2 Tbsp. of butter in the pan. Melt the butter.
After the butter is melted, pour in an equal amount of flour--2 Tbsp. in this case. Stir until it is well blended and smooth.
Pour in either milk or chicken broth. I would start with about 1/2 C. Stir until it's thick, and add more if it's too thick. If you go with milk, add some boullion--just a bit to flavor it.
Add grated cheese. This is one of those add it and taste it, add it and taste it kind of things. Add as much as you need to achieve the flavor you like.
Add salt and pepper, and pour it over the pasta and stir them together. If you end up with too much pasta, save it for a pasta salad (see the last paragraph of the link). If you end up with too much sauce, cook up some broccoli later and pour it over that.
There you go! Enjoy!