My kids absolutely love good ole Mac and Cheese.
And why not?
Who can resist the buttery, creamy, cheesy taste smothered onto soft macaroni?
Did you know that Canadians eat the most Macaroni and Cheese than any other country in the world? (I learned that by visiting other awesome blogs earlier this summer via TGCBB!)
And my girls are no different.
I’m just not comfortable feeding my kids Mac and Cheese out of a box. I’m not against it and occasionally we do have it. Though we choose the vegetable Kraft Mac and Cheese or Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese! But, I prefer to make it myself and make it with fresh cheese so that they can have it more often.
Here’s my recipe for my Scrumptious Organic Mac N Cheese, you don’t have to make it organic if you don’t want to.
What You Will Need:
- 2 cups of organic whole wheat macaroni elbows.
- 2 cups of organic grated cheese. (I use a Cheddar Jack & a bit of Mozzarella)
- 2 tbsp of organic butter or margarine if you prefer. (Optional)
- 1/2 organic onion or chicken bouillon cube.
- 1/4 cup of organic sour cream. Or plain yogurt works too. (I prefer Organic Valley)
- 1 tsp. of fresh parsley.
- 2 tbsp. of organic bread crumbs.
- 1 pound of organic ground chicken. (Optional)
- 1/4 chopped onion. (Only if you choose to add meat)
- 1/2 tsp. Paprika for color.
Bring a pot of water to a complete boil, fill it just enough to be able to add the noodles and to still have some breathing room up top. Add a pinch of salt if you so desire. I’m not a big salt user, so I skip it.
Once the water has boiled, add in the 2 cups of whole wheat, organic macaroni or the desired amount. Cook pasta according to the package instructions (if applicable), boil to desired firmness. For a softer noodle, cook a little longer than the time recommended and for an al dente, pull it off a little earlier than the recommended time.
Use a strainer or colander to rinse, drain and strain the macaroni.
Add the organic butter or margarine to your cooked whole wheat pasta. Transfer the pasta back into the pot and stir until the butter has completely melted.
Add the 1/4 of organic sour cream or organic plain yogurt to the buttered noodles.
Add your cheese blend of cheddar jack and mozzarella to the buttered noodles. You can use any type of cheese depending if you want a milder taste or something a little more sharp. This is where you can tantalize your kids’ taste buds according to their palates.
Add a 1/2 organic chicken bouillon cube to the noodles and stir until completely dissolved. If you are making more than 2 cups of noodles, add the whole cube.
Stir cheese, chicken bouillon and sour cream into noodles until completely smooth and the cheese is thoroughly melted. Add fresh parsley, or salt and pepper to taste. Though I think it is pretty flavorful as it is! This is where you can add your browned, drained and seasoned organic ground chicken. Make sure it is crumbled, stir in and serve!
The recipe above is for a fun, quick and tasty meal! If you would like to make a perfect side dish or add a little more flair to the norm.
Transfer the ‘Scrumptious Organic Mac N’ Cheese’ from the pot into a baking dish. Add more organic cheese, organic bread crumbs and fresh parsley to taste. Place dish in the oven at 350 degrees, bake for 30 mins or until golden brown.
Serve and Enjoy!
So, my girls get to enjoy a true Canadian classic and I can rest easy that I know what is going in my girl’s tummies. That makes me content and not only that but, it’s quite delish I might add.
What classic do you make at home from scratch rather than making from out of a box?
Want to try it?
Til then, cheers m’deres!