Spice up the Cheesiness

 An easy dinner that is loved by everybody including myself.

Mac & Cheese

This recipe takes a traditional mac & cheese and adds elements that are sure to hit your taste buds in the right way!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dried macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups of  shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded elementary cheese
  • 1/4 cup of Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Tsp of Paprika
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne Chili Pepper
  • 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard (optional)
  • 1 tsp of Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of Onion powder
  • 1 Tsp of sriracha sauce (optional)

Additions: Those are optional they take your mac & cheese from basic to extra!

  • Spinach and Broccoli
  1.  1 cup of chopped Broccoli
  2.  1/2 cup of spinach
  • Eggplant, minced meat, and tomatoes
  1.  1 eggplant
  2.  100g of minced meat
  3. 2 large tomatoes
  4. 1 small onion
  5. 1/2 cup of tomato juice

Method:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the macaroni in it for about 5 min, till the macaroni is slightly soft. 
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt, and pepper until smooth, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk into butter-flour mixture while continuously stirring until mixture is smooth.
  3. After 5 minutes of boiling the milk mixture, add Cheddar cheese and elementary cheese to milk mixture and stir until cheese is melted 2 to 4 minutes. 
  4. Turn off the heat and add the mustard and sriracha sauce.
  5. In a separate bowl mix the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne chili pepper powder together. Add the spices to the mixture.
  6. drop in the macaroni into cheese sauce until coated.
  7. Add the parmesan cheese and the bread crumbs on the macaroni and mix.

Additional Method:

Spinach and Broccoli –

  1. Cut broccoli into small pieces and chop a handful of spinach.
  2. Steam the broccoli to make it more tender but ensure it doesn’t get soggy.
  3. Add a sprinkle of black pepper onto the broccoli.
  4. Pour a bowl of mac&cheese and add the broccoli and mix well.
  5. Add the raw, chopped spinach on top and you’re ready to dig in.

Eggplant and tomatoes –

  1. Peel the eggplant and cut it in circular pieces.
  2. Soak the eggplant in water and a sprinkle of salt for an hour or two
  3. Chop the tomato and onion into tiny pieces
  4. In a pan drizzled with oil, add the onions and fry them till they caramelize.
  5. Add the minced meat to the onion and add a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp of salt and pepper.
  6. after the minced meat turns brown add the chopped tomatoes. Add 1/2 a cup of tomato juice and let them boil together for 10 minutes.
  7. In a baking tray add the eggplant pieces and put them in to bake at 250*F for about 20 minutes ( till they turn brownish and are soft).
  8. Cut the baked eggplants into small pieces and add them to the minced meat mixture.
  9. Mix them well and add them to the mac & cheese mixture.

 

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