This recipe is also very forgiving. Serve it right as it turns thick and creamy, hot from the stove, or let is rest on a back burner until the other dishes are ready. Depending on your mood, you could add a lot of cheese or a more modest amount.
The serving dish in the photo was handcrafted by a master potter and gallery owner, Denise Kleiner of Blue Heron Pottery http://blueheronpottery.net/index.html. I love the color combination.
1. Add equal amounts by volume of milk and dried/uncooked elbow macaroni to a sauce pan. I usually do 4 cups milk to 4 cups noodles. For those on non-American measuring standards, 4 measuring cups is roughly the same as 1 litre. And 4 cups/1 litre of each dried macaroni and milk makes many servings.
2. Over medium high heat, while stirring continuously, bring mixture just to boiling. KEEP STIRRING or you'll end up with a clump. Slowly, the starch from the noodles will start to thicken the milk and the noodles will become softer from the warm milk. This takes about 8-10 minutes depending on how much cold milk you used.
3. When just to boiling, turn down the heat to medium-low and continue to stir every few minutes.
4. When a few chuncks of Velveta or cheddar or combination, a bit of paresean what have you. For the kids, I make it with 5-8 ounces of Velveta. Start with a few ounces and add more as needed.
5. Slowly continue to let the mixture thicken and melt for another 15 minutes or so.
6. Add a splash of milk if it gets too thick.
7. Salt and pepper to taste.
The kids like it cold too and have the left-overs in their school lunches (part of the reason why I tend to up-size recipes).
|Fresh baked individual pumpkin pies in Emile Henry pans|
|Pumpkin pie ready for Kat - I choose red for her!|
Years ago, I spent big money on Emile Henry pie pans - large and small. I didn't have four kids at the time but it all worked out. The smaller pans hold a double serving of pie so a standard pie recipe perfectly fills the 4 small pans. Each kid feels like he's getting his perfect individual pie, if only they wouldn't argue over who gets which color!