There is something special about homemade macaroni and cheese. For me, cooking with fresh ingredients always brings out the best in food, and cooking macaroni and cheese are no exception. If you make this dish at home, you can use frozen or canned collards, red bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, a little wine, and a little cheese. This cheese is mild in flavor, with a slight tang, but there are many ways you can spice it up (or simply remove the taste).
The first time I cooked macaroni and cheese, I used canned peaches. These were pretty mild for me, but I was worried they might be too dark for my taste. So, I decided to try frozen or fresh vegetables. The result was delicious; even my non-cheese-lover sister was drawn into the conversation. But, if you have never cooked with fresh vegetables before, you might want to start with smaller batches. For my next dinner, I switched to canned peaches.
Another way to jazz up your macaroni and cheese recipe is by using creamy cheese. You can use sharp cheddar, Gouda, or milk cheeses. Any type of cream will do, but make sure it is at room temperature before mixing it into the mixture. Stir it well so that it doesn’t break down. It is easy to overemphasize the cream in this cheese because it is one of its most noticeable flavors, and it really brings out the cheesiness of the macaroni and cheese.
If you don’t like a strong cheese flavor, add a little bit of milk. You don’t want it to be in excess, just a little bit. I usually add a little less than whole milk, but that’s just my personal preference. You can always substitute another flavor for milk. This way, you get to use your favorite cheese brand, but you won’t be compromising your macaroni and cheese flavor. You mustn’t overdo the milk because it can mask the flavor of the cheese.
Another thing you can do to jazz up your homemade macaroni and cheese is to pre-shredded cheese. This way, you get to cut up pieces of cheese that are smaller in size, which makes them melt a little bit easier. Just be careful not to cut the corners of the cheese. After you’ve pre-shredded them, just mix them together with the rest of the ingredients. I usually combine a cup of sour cream, a quarter cup of cream cheese, and about three tablespoons of grated cheese.
Another quick way to jazz up this macaroni and cheese recipe is to use a little bit of butter. If you have at least one tablespoon of butter available to you, that’s fine. If you can’t find any, just dip your bread in the prepared butter before placing it in the middle of your pasta dish. The butter will give the sauce a little bit of an added flavor.
Another excellent way to add flavor to your homemade macaroni and cheese is to add some sharp cheddar cheese. This particular cheese is very well known for its cheesy and hearty flavor. It pairs beautifully with a warm, cheesy sauce. To make sure you have enough of this cheese, you might want to add in a package of frozen pasta. Once you open that package, you’ll have plenty of pasta for the next meal. Plus, you get to eat all of that delicious cheese!
Finally, there’s the fact that you can make this dish with practically any type of vegetable you like. It goes great with red peppers, broccoli florets, cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms, turnips, kale, and more. For even more variety, toss in bell peppers, onions, garlic, or other vegetables that can add a nice bit of color to your meal. Happy cooking! As long as you keep everything low calorie and low sodium, you’ll be all right in the digestive system.