I'm not big on them because macaroni and cheese is pretty cheap to make, and the little containers are so pricey for what you get.
Normally, I'm a pb sandwich or salad kind of girl when it comes to lunch. Sometimes, just sometimes, I want something warm. Today was that sort of day.
Except I didn't have anything.
Well, I did have Ramen.
But I didn't want that.
So I made the homemade version of "instant macaroni and cheese." I found the recipe over at Just a Pinch.
Now I could have made myself a full batch of macaroni, but it was just me at home today. I didn't want to deal with leftovers. (Let's face it, mac n cheese never tastes quite as good the second day.)
I'm sure there are some of you who are saying to themselves, didn't she already make a microwave macaroni and cheese for one? Yup. But that one used leftover precooked noodles, which I didn't have.
Here's the cooked up cheese-y noodles in my Giant Tinkerbell Mug:
The noodles aren't really that milky-soupy. It's actually quite cheesy. It just looks soupy because I used Mexican blend and pepper jack cheeses. I had to reduce the amount of milk and cheese called for in the original recipe, or it would have been macaroni soup.
Overall, this was OK. The noodles were a bit more "dente" than I'd have liked, but it did the trick for having something warm for lunch. It's no where near as good as a batch of mac n cheese from scratch, but it will do in a pinch. I'll most likely make this again when I'm alone and the macaroni craving strikes.
EZ Macaroni adapted from Just a pinch
1/3c uncooked macaroni noodles
1/2 c water
2 T milk
1/3 c shredded cheese of your choice (I used part pepper jack and Mexican blend)
|Put noodles and water in large microwave safe bowl or mug. Be sure to put a microwave safe plate with a lip to catch the water when it boils over...and it will. Nuke the water and noodles for 2 min. Stir and repeat. My noodles took 6 minutes for a very al dente. Each time I took the noodles out of the microwave, I poured the water from the plate back into the mug. When your noodles are at their desired "bite" add milk and cheese. Stir until everything is all melty goodness.|