Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 2/ Day 1
Theme: Kid’s Delight Event — Pizza & Pasta
Dish: Macaroni & Cheese
We are starting 2nd week of blogging today and my theme for this week is ‘Pizza & Pasta‘. Mir is hosting this month’s Kid’s Delight event and asking us to send kid favorite pasta & pizza recipe. Valli is the brain behind Kid’s Delight event.
For the first day I made ‘Macaroni & Cheese‘, one of my kids favorite pasta dish. Unfortunately they love the mac & cheese from the box and the many times I tried making it at home, they were not really pleased with it. They like their macaroni to have that signature orange/ yellow color and the chalky cheese taste (??) which obviously a homemade version can never live up to. So I gave up and started buying Annie’s mac & cheese for them.
This is probably one of the few recipes that I was really tensed serving to the kids. To top it off I volunteered to make it for our Thanksgiving potluck too. I looked through so many recipes online to make sure I had got the recipe right. I’ve never been so concerned about the taste of the dish — ever.
I made the dish at home before making it again for the potluck — I wanted to get my kids approval first. After serving to the kids I probably asked them 10 times if they liked it or not and if it tasted like the boxed variety (??). I was ecstatic when my son gave his hands up and I was on cloud nine when it was loved by the other kids too at the party.
I added panko breadcrumbs on the top and baked the pasta. But my son didn’t like the crunchy topping, so I made the dish without the topping for the party. For my broccoli loving daughter I added some lightly steamed broccoli to the pasta and baked it — she loved the creamy and cheesy pasta with broccoli.
Here are a few things I’ve learnt during my research — I should earn a PhD for mac & cheese. Hmmm.. I probably did when the kids approved it 🙂
Grate your own cheese — store bought grated cheeses may not melt into a smooth sauce.
- Use higher fat milk for a smoother sauce.
Don’t add the cheese when the milk is too hot, this might curdle the sauce.