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253. Fact: Homemade Mac n Cheese > The Blue Box.

I’m a sucker for ooey, gooey, creamy macaroni and cheese.  It is the ultimate comfort food.  Last time I was sick, I had the boy spoon feeding me Panera’s cream white cheddar mac n cheese.  (Yes, I’m the world’s biggest baby when I’m sick.  I turn quickly turn into a whiney 5 year old child.)

Saturday I was rocking a substantial hangover – hey, that’s what happens when your friend brings you copious amount of his delicious home-brewed cider.  I also had a pretty empty kitchen.  I had pasta.  I had marinara sauce.  I had cheese and (surprisingly!) milk.  My first thought was spaghetti, but I don’t particularly care for spaghetti with marinara.  (I like spaghetti, and I like marinara.  But I don’t really like them together.  Weird.  I know.  Moving on.)  In addition to spaghetti, I had half a box of elbow noodles – cha-ching!

Of course, I was still hung over, and baked mac n cheese seemed like a lot of effort.  I sucked it up and Googled my favorite Alton Brown Baked Mac n Cheese recipe anyway.   The second link on the page was this Alton Brown recipe for stovetop mac n cheese.  This seemed like much less effort – of course, I only had half the necessary ingredients.  I made due.

Better Than the Blue Box Stovetop Mac n Cheese


  • ¼ lb elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 2 T butter
  • 4 oz 2% milk
  • 2 – 3 T flour
  • 8 oz mild cheddar, shredded
  • Salt, pepper, paprika, to taste

Do It

Melt butter in saucepan.  Add  milk and whisk in flour. 
Heat on medium until just below boiling stirring frequently.  The milk should thicken slightly.
Add salt, pepper, and/ or paprika to taste.
Stir in cheese until melted.
Add cooked noodles and stir until noodles are completely coated.

PS.  I had no intention of blogging this recipe until my friend Tori requested it on Facebook.  This is pretty much my best recollection.

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