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Macaroni and Cheese...

So people have been telling me to start a food blog, my sister's (Nameeta) team at work were even discussing it during one of their meetings... how cool is that. Well, here I am with my very first recipe post and I hope you all enjoy the food that is gonna turn up here regularly.  

Macaroni and Cheese
This is some major comfort food, its easy to make, you can't really go wrong and it never goes to waste. So let's begin... 

Boil your macaroni till it is just right (don't overcook it) and drain it in a colander.

Heat bout 2 to 3 Tbs of butter on low flame.
Drop in a heaped Tbs of flour (maida) and keep stirring.
Add a cup and a half of milk, and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed. You gotta work fast here on low flame, cause the sauce thickens quickly. This sauce with a pinch of salt and pepper is what you call a basic white sauce. 
Remove the vessel from the flame and drop in bout half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. The cheese will melt in the heat of the sauce.
Once the cheese has melted, add salt, pepper and oregano. 
I had some ham and salami at home, so I chopped them up and added them to the cheesy sauce.
Place the drained macaroni in your baking dish.
Add the cheesy white sauce to the macaroni, just pour it in...

Stir the whole thing, we want the sauce to cover everything.... so mix it all up a few times.
Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese over the dish before sticking it into the oven.  See, I was lazy and just tore off a few pieces and placed them here and there, don't do that... please. We want a nice even baked look.
Settle down near the oven with your book while you wait...
Remove the dish from the oven once it gets that nicely browned look, this should take bout 10 to 20 minutes. You can start digging in, you will enjoy every morsel of this... trust me.

You can stick it in the fridge and heat it up the next day, it tastes just as good. I haven't given any exact measurement, cause I really don't know how to... its all about the feel, use whatever amount feels right to you. Enjoy cooking and eating and living.


Susan Deborah said…

Absolutely yummy looking pictures and so easy to make. I don't have an oven/microwave so how can I substitute that?

Why did the book come in between? Oh, now I get it. Wait with the book!!! No way. I will be scrapping the remainder cheese to gobble.

As an afterthought will a rough estimation of calories spoil the fun of the dish!!!

Joy always,
Carol said…
ooooh.. you managed to mention me!! recipe looks easy. so when you coming here to make it for me??

PS: Stop showing off!!
PurpleHeart said…
So detailed !! Keep those recipes coming coz they are feast to the eyes and good for the soul. I'm not trying this one for my not-so-good relationship with macaroni. But I read up every step, carefully. :)
Karen Xavier said…
susan, you can make the cheesy white sauce a bit thicker by heating it over a low flame... and then pour it over the macaroni and eat it like that, not necessary to bake it. Well, if you make the dish once in a blue moon, I don't think you have to worry bout calories ;)

Nam, make it yourself... I just put a step by step process here.

Sandhya, even if the macaroni turns up overcooked its okay for this dish, cause the whole thing is baked together. :)

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