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Jan 18, 2013 09:44 AM

Since it is cold, which Mac n Cheese do the kids get after school for a snack.

You don't want to spoil dinner, but they need something warm before going out to play. And mac n cheese is in the rotation. A friend swears by Cheez Wiz heated in the microwave and spooned over cooked pasta. I melt Velveeta with some whole milk. So what do you do for quicky cheese macaroni?

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  1. Alton Brown's creamy stovetop mac and cheese recipe. I use whatever cheese(s) I have on hand and that I think will taste good. Usually I do a mix of cheeses (some cheddar -- often a spiced one -- some gouda, etc.). I often pre-measure the ingredients for a half-batch and put them in the freezer, so I can just pull them out and assemble them while the mac is cooking. Plus, for your kids, it's a little more nutritious since it uses egg instead of flour as a binder.

    1. Without knowing how many you're cooking for, my quick m&c prep goes like this
      I cook shells or elbow pasta. While the pasta cooks, I toast up some panko or regular bread crumbs with butter until a light golden color. Then I shred equal parts yellow cheddar, Jarlsberg swiss and Mont Jack cheese. A combo I enjoy-YMSV with what you like. In a large pot I create a simple white sauce, then add shredded cheese to the sauce until melted on very low heat.
      Top with crispy panko (or breadcrumbs)
      Sprinkle with paprika, s&p
      Bake in 325 oven until bubbly good.
      Total prep start to table, 20 mins.

      1. For quicky cheese macaroni, I cut some Laughing Cow into the hot macaroni & stir till melted. I haven't done it in a while, but boy it was good dorm-food!