Macaroni and Cheese has got to qualify as one of the most popular American comfort foods ever.
It isn't considered gourmet fare, but if it was good enough for President Thomas Jefferson to serve in the White House in 1802, and good enough for our mothers and grandmothers to serve, people just know it is more than good enough for them.
There must be hundreds of variations of the basic mac and cheese recipe but we often crave for the original version, not that many of those variations aren't good (because they are), but just because we want to "feel good" eating something most of us remember perfectly well.
This humble recipe is wonderful just as it is, but if you wish to experiment by adding other ingredients such as chopped vegetables, meat, seafood or herbs or spices, go for it.
This basic recipe lends itself to experimentation! It's great fun!
Although basic Macaroni and Cheese is not on the restaurant menu regularly, it is still offered as both a side dish and entree on special sheets fairly frequently. When featured, restaurant customers always eat it with smiles on their faces. It is delicious, but I also think it is truly comforting for everyone; it brings back fond memories of kinder and simpler days. Most people are cheese lovers.
With two exceptions, this recipe is like every basic mac and cheese recipe I have found. I added a dash of Tabasco and a little dry mustard for a little extra zip. I like a little extra "zip!"
If you choose to leave those ingredients out, you will still have a delicious meal.
Preparation time: 20 minutes. Serves 4-6
And now ...I have just made myself hungry for this wonderful comfort food! I'm heading to the kitchen to make some for dinner tonight.
If you want another delicious variation of this comfort food, just click on More Mac And Cheese.
Enjoy your basic Macaroni and Cheese Recipe and the company of those you share it with!
Did you know? Many people, if not most people, are turophiles?
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