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Monday, February 28, 2011

A quick comfort food fix

March is almost here, but we've got some cold weather to contend with before the springtime sunshine and temps (!!!!) come upon us.  So, comfort foods are still a necessity for lots of people.  Many of these dishes take time, which is fine, but sometimes you want that warm feeling in your belly without spending hours in the kitchen.  I found an easy and delicious stovetop mac-n-cheese recipe that will solve the problem!

This took about 10 minutes to make and definitely doesn't taste like it.  I added broccoli (would have added bacon too but didn't have time to cook it - it would be fantastic in this!)...of course, you can sub any veggies or proteins you like.  It's hearty enough to be served as a main dish, but doable as a side, too.  Kids will love it too...the hot sauce can easily be omitted if need be.

Stovetop Mac-n-Cheese with Broccoli
adapted from Alton Brown

1/2 box elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon hot sauce
6 ounces evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 steamer bag frozen broccoli, cooked

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Return to the pot and melt in butter. Stir to combine.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until combined.  Add broccoli and stir to coat.  
Serves 2-3 as a main dish, 4 or more as a side dish.

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At February 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Maren said...

I'm all about mac and cheese with anything. Baked mac and cheese is so delicious it's un-holy.

At February 28, 2011 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Ann said...

We are on the same page. Yours looks so good and healthy! I love Alton Brown's recipes.

At March 1, 2011 at 7:08 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

Oh yes. Definite comfort food. Broccoli is my favorite mac and cheese mix-in!

At March 1, 2011 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Total comfort food... it looks cheesy and delicious.


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