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Recipe by Lindsey Chester. Photo by MegaBeth.
Cary, NC – If you’re like me, the only macaroni and cheese you’ve ever made came from a box and involved an orange powder. But I was inspired this week to make it from scratch – I was surprised just how easy (and cheap!) this dish was to make.
I shop at Aldi often- it is the best bargain grocer in Cary – and in the pasta aisle I picked up a 32 oz. box of macaroni, and on the back was a recipe for “Easy Baked Macaroni & Cheese”. I know both my daughters like mac & cheese, so I thought, “Why not?”
The ingredients listed were items I already had in my pantry: shredded cheddar cheese, milk, butter, bread crumbs and macaroni; plus flour, salt and pepper. The box called for only 8 oz. of macaroni, but the box was bigger, so I did some fuzzy math and increased the recipe. It came out awesome – and was plenty to feed us twice and a lunch or two.
You’ll need about an hour, so make sure you have the time.
This recipe is a keeper and this will become my “Go To” recipe for a crowd of hungry teens. If you want some variety, try adding diced ham or peas for a more complete meal.