March 14, 2014

Cooking With Zareena (Mac and Cheese)

Today I'm sharing a very easy and fun mac and cheese recipe that Zareena craved a few days ago. Cooking with my daughter is always fun but even more fun watching her do it on her own. Below are the steps to making this cheesy goodness. I hope you guys enjoy the video. 

Things you'll need

elbow macaroni 
4 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon mustard powder
all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 egg
1/2 cheddar cheese
1/4 gruyere cheese

Cook the elbow macaroni in boiling salted water.
Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a large sauce pan.  Add the flour and mix together until combined (5 minutes). Add the whole milk and mustard powder. Stir and cook for 5 minutes until it's thick and creamy (like she said). Pull out 2 tablespoons of the milk and flour mixture and whisk the egg together in a separate bowl. After tempering the egg add it back into the pot. Whisk everything together on medium low heat. Add all the cheese in the mixture mixing well until completely melted. If it's too thick, you can always add more milk. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. After the elbow macaroni is cooked (al dente) drain and transfer to the cheese mixture. Mix well and transfer to a buttered baking dish. I love a crispy top so I add panko bread crumbs mixed with parmesan cheese, drizzled with a little melted butter. Place in a hot over (375 degrees) for 25-30 minutes until the top is brown and crispy.

This recipe can be made with a variety of cheeses, it's really up to you.

At the end you'll see Zareena's love for cheese (I wonder where she get's it from?). She added a few slices of mozarella cheese on top of the mac and cheese right before adding the breadcrumbs, just because you can never have too much cheese.

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  1. Love the recipe looks delicious!! Thank u!

  2. It looks very nice, I like the addition of mustard powder but I won't give my children this kind of concoction: it's all carbs and fat, there is very little in the way proteins from the cheese, not fibre at all, and not vegetables!

    1. It's not a main choose what protein and vegetable goes along side it.

    2. It's not a main choose the protein and vegetables that go along side it.

  3. How about amounts, or should we just guess?

    1. Need amounts of cheese. 1/2 what pkg? Cup? Tell us

    2. I loved watching this. This sweet girl is a pro already. She has a great imagination and she held my attention the whole time.

  4. I thought the same thing... how many lbs of elbow macaroni (looks like 2 for that size dish), how much flour and 1/2 and 1/4 of what for the cheese??? Looks good but come on get organized!

  5. Looks amazing. What brand of pasta are you using?

  6. So is it 4 t or 4 T of butter. (the recipe and video says different things) How much macaroni? (neither recipe nor video say) How much cheese? ( 1/2 what?) How much flour exactly? (recipe doesn't say, video says 4T). Please advise


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