not your boxed mac and cheese

When I saw this post, I knew I had to make this. With the looming pulled pork sandwiches coming later in the day, I still needed something semi substantial to get my through the cooking afternoon. Somehow this has turned into a cooking day...funny how that happens.

Annemarie got a huge piece of cheddar from Costco and we talked last week about making baked mac and cheese. Yes, that's delicious but if I don't have some hungry stomach wanting to help consume it, I wasn't about to make a huge dish that would sit around for the days and stare at me with "eat me...then go to the gym." So, I loved this recipe. Serves one and a great weeknight meal I'd say.

Put 1/2 cup pasta and 1/2 cup water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 2 minute intervals for 6-8 minutes, until pasta is done. If you run out of water, add in another tablespoon. Add 1/2-3/4 cups cheese. I used 1/2 cup cheddar and 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella. Add 1/4 cup milk and if you want 1/4 teaspoon each of ground mustard and paprika. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir- do this about 2-3 times until hot and at all together for a total time of a minute and a half. I added in tomatoes and spinach at the end to add some veg and it was pretty great- quick- and something you should make when you're tired and want a meal, but don't want to spend time...


  1. remember that DELICIOUS mac and cheese that we made together many moons ago? all i remember is that it was a) delicious and b) had spinach in it ringing any bells? it was in one of your cookbooks...and if by the off chance you remember what i am talking about, i'd love the recipe! hope the pulled pork turned out fabulously!

  2. Yes! It was the Beechers mac and cheese- I think you can search for it on the blog. It's from the cookbook you got me!

  3. Anonymous11/16/2009

    YES!!! This looks amazing!! This is much better than a normal mac and cheese...BUT if you want to make it after I get back I can help with that "staring at you to finish it" problem! :)