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Macaroni, Peas, and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese has always been a favorite food of mine.  In fact, there were many years where it was one of maybe three foods that I would eat.  However, being the picky child that I was, I always preferred the blue box.

Kraft Macaroni

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Then, as I grew up, I ventured out a bit and discovered the Velveeta version.  After that, my preferences went back and forth between the two.  Even Fettucine Alfredo (aka “Grown Up Mac and Cheese”) didn’t compare to those boxes.

The version that I decided to make was from the fabulous blog Can You Stay For Dinner? You can find the recipe here.

I was a bit skeptical of trying this (clearly more adult) version of one of my favorite foods.  Although, I do really like peas so I was willing to give it a try.

Honestly, one of the things that has really kept me from making my own macaroni and cheese, is the process of making the sauce.  It always seemed like such a complicated thing to do – mixing everything in a saucepan, being careful not to burn, getting the timing correct, etc.  Well, I’ll happy to say that this version of sauce is SUPER easy to make.  And not only is it easy, it is very quick as well.

Macaroni Cheese and Peas

I think my favorite part of this, actually, was the crispy topping.  I used Panko bread crumbs instead of Ritz, because that is what I had on hand, and I was really surprised at how much I liked it!

Ease: A-, I only gave it slightly lower than a solid A becuase you do have to make a sauce.  But really, if I can do it, you can do it.
Taste: A-, it was pretty good but it is a rich sauce.  So, I think if my serving size was smaller it would be perfect.  Also, then the bread crumbs to sauce ratio would be perfect!

Would I make it again? Yes.  It really is easy, and can be done with basically all things that are already in my kitchen!

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Thanks everyone for their get well wishes!  I’m am on my way to getting better, but not quite there.  (I hate that this is the first day in five days that I haven’t taken cold medicine.)   It is cold and flu season after all, and I do work at a toy store (often filled with kids) so unfortunately this isn’t something I can easily avoid.

So, to all of you out there that are not in top shape, get well soon!  Hydrate, get lots of Vitamin C, and get some rest! :)

One Response

  1. So glad you made it! Panko is a great topper- so crispy and crunchy. I hope you feel better!!

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