Macaroni and cheese is probably my most cooked comfort food of all time. It's easy, comforting, delicious and liked by most people. These cute little mini Mac an Cheese cups cooked in ramekins are great for individual servings and great for kids. Time to start comfort cooking!
I don't know how long I have been making and devouring macaroni and cheese, but it's been a long time. Do you know there are people (lots of people) that don't realise a home made version exists. Yes, true fact. Believe it or not, many among us only know mac and cheese from a box. Yes the blue box. Admittedly, I ate my share of that stuff growing up. I loved it as well. Now, I don't think you could get me anywhere near a box of that stuff.
Last year while visiting Newfoundland, my kids had some of the box Macaroni and Cheese. My son told me he preferred it to mine. I was shamed. What? He even said he didn't want to admit it, but he loved it and wished we could by it where we live. Yes, that's another thing you can't buy here. Unlike like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, it isn't something I miss.
So, I have to deal with the fact that I have a kid that prefers the processed non cheese version of Macaroni and Cheese. Well, he is a kid and they do tend to have strange taste buds. However, I have been told that my home made Chicken Strips are far better than any chicken nugget anywhere. Whew!
I also notice kids (one in particular) can be found putting ketchup on just about everything, which I will never understand. Maybe it is to hide the taste of my cooking. That I had never thought of before. Thankfully, I have not seem him putting ketchup on MY Macaroni & Cheese.
So, what's the deal with making Mac and Cheese mini? Well, they are cute and I had the little ramekins in my cupboards. Admittedly, I hardly ever use them. I seem to have a whole lot of dishes like that. Every so often they get dusted off to make an appearance and then tucked away to be forgotten about for years to come..
As for these little cups, they would make a great idea for kids' meals. Kids do tend to be even more visual with food than adults. Visual meaning no colour on the plate whatsoever.
If you do love macaroni and cheese but prefer a great big one, you can find the recipe for the original Macaroni and cheese here. That recipe isn't too different to this one really. These little cups are pretty basic with no herbs or leeks, onions and so on. Just basic pasta and sauce. But so good.
This is such and easy recipe that there really isn't too much to say about it.
Cook the pasta al dente as it is going in the oven for a further while to finish cooking. As well, I used home made bread crumbs as the bigger crumb is better in this dish. Also, when you are making the sauce, if it is a bit too thick, just add in a little bit more milk and whisk. It works every time.
Mini Mac and Cheese
Serves 6 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 25 minutes
1/2 lb/250 grams macaroni cut pasta
2 Cups/480 ml milk
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 Cups/175 grams Cheddar cheese, grated
1 Cup/90 grams bread crumbs
Small bunch of fresh chopped parsley
1 Teaspoon sea salt
1/2 Teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place 6 ramekins on a baking tray and set aside.
In a medium saucepan set over medium to high heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour until you have a paste. Gradually start whisking in milk. Continue doing this until you have added all the milk and you have a slightly thickened sauce. Reduce heat to medium low and add most of the cheese, reserving a little for the top. Stir really well until all the cheese has melted into the sauce. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Stir and remove from heat.
Cook pasta according to package, drain and set aside.
In a bowl combine the bread crumbs, remaining cheese and fresh parsley. Stir to combine.
Equally divide the pasta among the 6 ramekins. Pour over the sauce and give each one a quick stir. Cover with the bread crumb topping. Bake for 20 minutes Remove from oven and leave few minutes before serving.
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