Recipe: Grown Up Mac ‘n’ Cheese
I’m so excited to launch a new series today: Grown Up Childhood Favorites! We’re going to revisit some of your favorite childhood meals and give them a sophisticated, grown-up, gourmet twist! The first is one of my favorites, mac ‘n’ cheese. When I was a kid, I loooooved the neon orange stuff that came in a box. These days, I make a grown-up version that is so savory and creamy, it fills me with childhood wonder. The best thing about this recipe is that you can really make it your own with your favorite cheese or combination of cheeses. You can can choose a sharp cheddar, or a smokey gouda, or even a soft, creamy goat cheese. You’re a grown up—the choice is yours. Try it out, I know you’ll love it!
Grown Up Mac ‘n’ Cheese
2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 can cream of celery soup
1 2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon ground mustard
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups shredded cheese
1 cup crushed butter crackers or breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons dried parsley
Cook and drain macaroni according to directions. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick spray and set aside. In a large pan over medium heat, melt butter and sauté diced onion until it is translucent. Stir in soup and milk until well combined. Add ground mustard, then salt and pepper to taste. Add in shredded cheese and stir until melted completely. Remove from heat. Place cooked macaroni in the prepared casserole dish, then pour cheese sauce over the top and give a quick stir for even coating. Sprinkle the crushed crackers evenly across the top, followed by the parsley, then bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to set for 5-10 minutes before serving.
And now the question is yours: What was your favorite childhood meal? Share your thoughts in the comments section and we’ll pick some of your suggestions to continue the series!