Monday, March 21, 2011

Mac, Cheese, Broc, & Cauliflower Bake

Also know as a Casserole.

Heinz told me that if I NEVER made a casserole, it would have been a *“DEAL BREAKER”. Now aren’t we picky. Little did I realize that Heinz has been dying for me to make some type of casserole dish for ages. Whoops, I guess I never got the message.

Anyway, I have been really craving some comfort food like macaroni & cheese, so I decided to amp it up by doing a home style version loaded with veggies. It turned out pretty good except I forgot to make more of the sauce to compensate for all the veggies. It turned into a much healthier dish per serving than expected, which is great!

Try out the recipe.

2 c. uncooked elbow macaroni
¼ c. butter
½ finely chopped yellow onion
¼ - ½ c. flour
½ ts. each of sea salt & pepper (or to taste)
½ ts. Each of ground mustard & Worcestershire sauce
2 ½ - 3 c. milk
2 ½ - 3 c. sharp cheddar cheese
2 c. each of broccoli & cauliflower
Bread crumbs (as much on top as desired)

1.)    Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.)   Cook pasta until its el dente
3.)   Blanch veggies
4.)   Sauté onion in butter and Add flour, salt, pepper, ground mustard, & Worcestershire sauce. Whisk until thick.
5.)   Add milk & bring to boil – stir as needed
6.)   Add cheese & stir until smooth – constantly stirring
7.)   Pour cheese sauce over macaroni & veggies & lightly toss.
8.)   Pour in casserole baking dish and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
9.)   Bake for 20 min. covered with foil & and additional 5-7 min. uncovered.

Don’t let all the steps fool you, it really is a synch.

*Heinz was sort of kidding about the whole deal breaker business because this is my first casserole and we have been together for a while now.