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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese for Kids

Serves: 4 kids
Recipe by: Chef John V.
Prep time: about 20 minutes

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese for Kids

Amount/Measure/Ingredient

1/2 pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained per package instructions

1 cup milk
1/2 cup light cream
2 tbsp. butter, soft
2 tbsp. flour
salt and ground white pepper to your taste
1 cup yellow American cheese, coarsely grated
1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

1 slice white bread
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
3 tbsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp. paprika

Procedure:

This dish can be made in 3 easy steps and it doesn't need to be baked!---

1. Heat the milk and cream to a simmer. While this is happening, mix the butter with the flour to a smooth paste. When the milk/cream is almost boiling, add the butter/flour mixture and stir with a whisk until it all boils and is slightly thick. At this point, turn off the heat and add the cheeses, salt and pepper and stir until the sauce is smooth. Cover and keep warm.

2. While the water, for cooking the pasta, is coming to a boil; crumble and rub the piece of white bread between your hands to make bread crumbs. Mix in the grated cheese and paprika. In a frying pan, heat the oil and then add the bread mixture and cook until it is lightly toasted and slightly golden brown. Place in a small bowl and set aside.

3. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions or the way you like it cooked, drain and then add to the cheese sauce. Stir to blend all together and heat to a serving temperature that won't be too hot for your kids.

Serve the macaroni and cheese and sprinkle with a teaspoon or so of the crunchy bread crumb mixture---your kids will love this and you will too!

Notes*

White pepper is the inside center of a black peppercorn. So ground black pepper is the whole berry and has the black ground look when sprinkled on food. Ground white doesn't have the black look so you don't see it when sprinkled or added to food. In this and other dishes it makes for a clean looking dish.

You may use margarine, low fat milk, low fat half and half or low fat cheese in this recipe.

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