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Stovetop mac and cheese!

Wednesday is Bagel Day!  Check it out:

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Looks so bright and sunny. It doesn’t look like -15 degrees, does it?  That’s -26 Celsius, FYI. Let’s make it feel even colder by converting it, shall we? :roll:   There is light at the end of the tunnel, though – it is supposed to break into the 30s this weekend! I told John I just might run around outside nekkid if it gets that warm.

Okay, not really.

We went somewhere different for breakfast.  Back to Cool Beans. We haven’t eaten here for breakfast in a couple years, I believe. Lots of coffee!

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It’s very Adirondack/woodsy style inside, although they were playing country music. Sorry country music lovers, but I despise it. Really cannot stand to listen to it. Isn’t it weird how some types of music do that to you?

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Still enjoyed my bagel, though.

You know what a perfect dish is for cold weather? Mac and cheese!  I love baked mac and cheese, but it takes a long time to cook and I am just not interested in boxed stovetop mixes.  However, Alton Brown has the best stovetop mac and cheese recipe.  This is our go to on weekends.  It doesn’t take very long to fix at all.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of pasta of your choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 ounces of evaporated skim milk (small can)
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 10 ounces of 2% shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  While the pasta is boiling, assemble the sauce ingredients.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs. add the milk, hot sauce, salt and mustard powder.

When the pasta is done, drain and return to pot over low heat. Add the butter and stir to melt.  Slowly pour in the egg/milk mixture stirring constantly.  Now stir in the cheese a couple ounces at a time.  Keep stirring for 5 minutes or so until the cheese is all melted, the sauce has thickened up and it is piping hot.

Serve with hot sauce if desired (and why wouldn’t it be?)

Alton Brown Stove Top Mac and Cheese

This is so good! It’s nice because it makes a lot for leftovers as well.  Stats are approximate. With 6 servings, it comes to 386 calories, 32 grams of carbs, 20 fat grams, 20 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.  It is higher calorie, so I do like to eat it on long bike ride days, but it sure feels good to have during the winter, too!

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