Real Mac 'n Cheese
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
  • 2 tbl butter
  • 2 tbl flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups whole wheat macaroni (elbows, shells, and fusilli all work well)
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • nutmeg
  • turmeric (if you want it to be orange)
  • vegetables for mixing in (optional)
  1. Start a pot of water to boil.
  2. Grate the cheese with the grating tool on your food processor or with a box grater. Prep your other ingredients so you can move quickly when the time comes. If you are going to stir in a vegetable, get it started cooking.
  3. When the water comes to a boil, dump in the pasta. In a separate pot, melt the butter. When the butter is melted, add in the flour and stir until it forms a paste. Add in the milk and stir until combined. Dump in the cheese and stir until it forms a creamy sauce. Add in mustard. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. If you want it to be orange, add in some turmeric.
  4. When the pasta is done, strain it and mix in the sauce. Mix in your veggie (optional) and serve.
If you have leftovers, I highly recommend reheating them in a pot with a tiny bit of milk. It tastes much, much better than microwaving it.
Recipe by The Balanced Kitchen at