We had a birthday party for the youngest daughter, Kristy, last month, and smoked a bunch of pork butts in anticipation of a United Way fundraiser (today) as well as her birthday. I had made my famous and delicious cheesy potatoes but as I contemplated the number of men and kids attending, I thought I might whip up a quick batch of mac and cheese.
My sister came up with this recipe and it’s super easy, cheesy and delicious. All you need is mac and cheese, powdered milk, velveeta and sharp cheddar. I might add that at first I was only able to find these huge boxes of powdered milk, but now you can buy little packages of it which are really handy and work for those of us who don’t use this on a regular basis.
Be sure to use sharp cheddar and the more liquid the better when you pop it in the oven. (I’ve actually started only buying sharp) Sooo good!
Homemade Mac & Cheese
Preheat oven to 325 for glass dishes; 350 for metal. Spray a 9 x 13 dish with non-stick spray.
2 cups small size elbow macaroni
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 lb. Velveeta (1/2 of package)
8 oz. (at least) sharp grated cheddar cheese
1/4 pound butter
Fill a 3 qt saucepan 2/3 full with water, salt generously, and bring to a boil. Add mac to boiling water, stir. Allow water to return to boil and cook macaroni just to al dente stage. This does not take long!! It will cook more as you melt the cheese and also in the baking process. Drain some of the water – leaving just enough to “almost” cover the macaroni.
Add nonfat dry milk to the macaroni and water. Stir until milk is dissolved.
Cut Velveeta into chunks and add to the macaroni mixture. Stir well, cover loosely and return to very low heat. Add 1/4 lb. butter, cut into chunks and add to the mac and cheese mixture. Stir frequently until almost all of the Velveeta is melted. Once that happens, pour into baking dish. You may want to add more water or milk at this point. Top with shredded sharp cheddar.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned to your preference.