Everyday Mom's Meals: Here's To You Grandma

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Here's To You Grandma

Grandma's food. For most people, those 2 simple words bring images to mind of fresh baked cookies, pies cooling on the counter top, holidays w/ the family gathered around the table. Or at least it's that way for me. Both of my grandmas are fabulous cooks and each have their own "section" in my recipe box. This is truly one of the easiest recipes I've ever made. It was passed down to me from my Grandma Powell. It is very easily adaptable to feed 3 or a crowd. It makes both a great side dish and/or main dish. And works perfectly for a potluck b/c it travels so well. Of all the mac and cheese recipes I have, this will always be the one nearest and dearest to my heart.  Note, the macaroni is NOT boiled first :) Hence why it's extra easy!

Easy Baked Mac and Cheese
2 cups elbow macaroni
4 cups milk, 2% or whole works best
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (I usually put in a little extra)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a greased 9x13 pan, mix dry pasta, milk, 1/2 cup cheese and salt and pepper. Add remaining cheese to top and bake uncovered @ 375ยบ for 45 minutes- 1 hour until brown and bubbling.

* This can be adapted to make more as long as the amount of milk is always 2x the amount of pasta. Of course, extra cheese would be needed and the cooking time increased. But the most important thing is the pasta to milk ratio.

*Another tip: If you cook an entire pan of this, once cool, cut into individual serving "squares" and freeze. They make great quick suppers and/or lunches.

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5 comments:

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Nothing better than Grandma's food. Especially the memories that come with it!

PattiKaye said...

Can this be cooked in a slow cooker also?

Krista said...

To be honest, I've only ever baked it because that's how Grandma did it and who am I to change?? LOL But seriously, I don't think it would turn out the same b/c of the milk and non boiled macaroni. I would be afraid of the milk curdling or the macs not getting cooked. But if you try it, by all means, please let me know if it works!

Patricia Meadows said...

Hi,Found you by way of The Country Cook. Your Mac and cheese looks good. Never saw a recipe that you did not have to cook the pasta first. My granddaughter is learning to cook,this, will be a good one for her. Won't have to worry about her getting burned draining the pasta. Thanks for sharing.

Krista said...

Hi Patricia! Thanks for stopping by! You're so right about your granddaughter being able to do this, it's great for beginner cooks. If you like the idea of "no boil" pasta bakes, I've got a great ziti one coming up next week, so be sure to stop back :)