Posted by: Y

In the past week I’ve baked two batches of cookies. I decided to take a break from posting about cookies and cupcakes so that you guys don’t mistake me for the Cookie Monster. I just love cookies!

I have the day off from work so I woke up late and decided to whip up some lunch. I remembered a REALLY SIMPLE macaroni and cheese recipe I read in a cookbook at the bookstore, so I decided to give it a try. The book is called “Macaroni and Cheese” by Marlena Spieler and I was very pleasantly surprised when I found that Google Books offers a limited preview of the book that includes the recipe for Midnight Macaroni that I’ve been drooling over. The recipe has very few ingredients, and very little effort required. Inexpensive AND easy! I adapted the original recipe alot – I used Monterey Jack cheese (recipe calls for Stilton cheese), because that is what I have at home. I also shrank the proportions to make a meal for one:

1.5 cups dry pasta, rotini
1.5 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 Large clove garlic, minced finely
2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
Salt and black pepper, to taste

1. Cook the pasta until al dente according to package instructions, reserving some of the cooking water.
2. Put garlic and butter pieces in a bowl.
3. Pour hot drained pasta into the bowl with the garlic and butter; toss in grated cheese and mix together thoroughly. If necessary, add in some of the reserved cooking water.
4. Dig in and enjoy!

The garlic adds a nice kick to the macaroni and cheese. This simple macaroni and cheese is tastier and just as easy to make as boxed mac and cheese- how can you beat that? You can also play with the recipe and make more for guests, or try it with different cheeses and pastas. The original recipe also called for tricolor fusilli, but the closest thing that I had at home was rotini. I would definitely make it with the tricolor next time if I was cooking for other people to make the dish look nicer. But when I am at home by myself on a Friday afternoon (cue in angels singing) I have noone to impress but myself, and I’m easy to please.