Mac and cheese is pure comfort food to me.
Mother Lovett made some delicious, creamy macaroni and cheese, and I was always trying to perfect it. She always told me my version was ‘too dry.’ Of course it was, because Inever used 6lbs of velveeta.
One thing I have none of when it comes to mac and cheese? Self control.
So I made a lighter version of the heavy duty stuff.
And this time, I portioned it into tiny ramekins in hopes of stopping after eating one. It worked. Sorta.
I never liked pasta when I was younger, probably because it was usually served with tomato sauce and I do not like tomato sauce.
I think that using fun-shaped pasta makes every meal more enjoyable. Here I used whole wheat fusilli.
I still made a traditional cheese sauce, beginning with a roux. But most of the sauce was made with skim milk.
Oh, and cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.
Four different kinds went into this dish.
Smoked Cheddar. (Adore.)
Could there possibly be a better combination?
I didn’t think so.
After baking, I set it under the broiler just so the cheese would brown. I love brown, bubbly cheese.
I love the crispy, crunchy texture that the cheese takes on. And I love the creamy, melty cheese in the bottom of the bowl.
I love a lot of things.
But do you know what I don’t love?
Yeah. Mr. How Sweet is still rockin’ the moustache. Or as I like to call it, the crustache.
Last night he cooked his own dinner. Know what he made? Frozen fish filets. I am embarrassed to admit that we even had those in my house. But we did. And he made them.
And then he googled ‘how to cook stuff,’ in anticipation for making his own dinner tonight.
As much as I hate the crustache, watching him make dinner for himself is highly entertaining.
I’ll admit, I feel a tiny bit bad. But then he tries to kiss me and I feel those crusty whiskers on my face, and all my remorse goes right out the window.
Luckily for him, we had some of this mac and cheese leftover from dinner this past weekend, so he was able to gobble this up for his side.
Lightened-Up Four Cheese Mac and Cheese
4 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese
1/2 cup grated smoked cheddar cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 oz brie cheese
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400.
Separate cooked pasta into 4 ramekins.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour to create a roux. Once smooth, add in skim milk and heavy cream, continuing to stir until warm. Add in gruyere and cheddar cheese, stirring until smooth. If sauce it not think enough, whisk in cornstarch until desired consistency is reached. Stir in 1/4 cup parmesan and 2 oz of brie. Add in nutmeg and salt and pepper, if needed.
Pour cheese sauce over pasta in each ramekin. Top with remaining parmesan and brie. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Broil for 2 minutes to brown cheese on top.
Mac and cheese with fish filets – sounds like a kiddo meal, eh? I have a feeling his meals over the next few days will give me many belly laughs.
That is, unless he shaves. . .