Saturday, November 14, 2009

Macaroni and Cheese with Breadcrumbs

Macaroni and Cheese with Breadcrumbs

I grew up with a love for macaroni and cheese, but are there many kids in America who don't? It's one of the most marketed kid foods, I'd say, with that kind that comes in a box. You know, all those little rugrats with "the blues". I've never really understood how something like warm, gooey, creamy mac-n-cheese can give you the blues, but I guess it worked on some marketing test group. To me, however, a good bowl of this stuff can cure the blues. It can certainly help heal a broken heart; it can warm up a gray day; and it can bring a smile to the face of everybody who takes a bite - no matter their age!

My grandmother made great macaroni and cheese, but it was always treated as a side dish. This one, however, is more like a meal with its infusion of onions and its crunchy breadcrumb topping. In fact, we treat it like a meal quite often, and I've been known to add broccoli, chicken or a few different kinds of cheeses for a kick. This is a great recipe and I highly recommend it. I believe it was a Food Network find, but I can't be sure because I jotted it down on notebook paper years ago so I'll just have to send out a worldwide thanks.

Macaroni and Cheese with Breadcrumbs
Confabulation in the Kitchen
Makes six servings
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Ingredients
8 ounces macaroni
4 tablespoons butter, divided
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 small white onion, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1.5 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two-quart baking dish.
2. Cook pasta. Drain and set aside.
3. In a bowl, toss breadcrumbs with two tablespoons of melted butter. Set aside.
4. In a medium saucepan, melt remaining butter then stir in onions and cook until transluscent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and mustard and cook about two minutes. Add milk, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese.
5. Pour prepared macaroni into dish. Pour cheese mixture over top and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake about 20 minutes, or until gold and bubbly.

9 comments:

  1. Mmm, that looks absolutely delicious! A nice twist from good old fashioned mac and cheese :)

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  2. I did not grow up on mac & cheese and for the most part my children aren't either. I never liked that blue boxed stuff and it was until I started reading blogs that I realized I had other options like your recipe. Oh, how we love our mac & cheese now. Your recipe looks a little easier than the one Jalen (one of the twins) and I have made.

    Do you add chicken that you've already cooked? I've actually taken the blue box, added real cheese, seasoned (taco-ish) ground beef, topped it with panko crumbs, more cheese, and then baked it. Now the kid will eat that.
    ~ingrid

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  3. Sad to say, I didn't grow up on it. Especially from the box. But now I completely enjoy it and make it often!

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  4. Um yes, please. We LOVE mac and cheese - I think it's one of those things that we have so rarely so having it is like dining at a 5-star restaurant. Your version looks amazing - I will have to try some with the buttered (toasted?) breadcrumbs.

    But my favorite thing about this post? The fact that you just gave us permission to eat mac and cheese for dinner. I knew I liked you!

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  5. Oh man, I LOVE macaroni and cheese...especially with a bread crumb topping! I actually just posted a mac and cheese recipe on my blog too. I just can't get enough of the stuff! Love the idea of adding onions...we'll definitely be having this for dinner sometime soon!

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  6. Homemade mac and cheese is soooo much better than the stuff in a box! I love the bread crumbs on yours. I'll have to add that the next time I make it. Mmmmmm.

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  7. This is on the menu tonight and Steve is oh so excited about it!

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  8. I think I could take my childhood macaroni and cheese a step back from even the blue box in that it was made with elbow macaroni and Cheez Whiz!! Thank goodness I grew up to know what REAL macaroni and cheese can be. This looks just awesome.

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