Macaroni and Cheese

They say One Classic Recipe is a must for a Food Blogger. Could I go wrong by not trying Mac & Cheese…Haha.. Here is the most classic recipe ever.

Who Doesn’t love a big bowl of cheesy Goodness?

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Its a bright sunny day, and I was wanting to drink something really special. Cantaloupes are in this season and nothing refreshing than a glass full of cantaloupe lemonade. Its sounds quite different isn’t it??? Wait for the recipe that will just blow your mind away. As I was shooting it, I wanted to post it immediately. But I definitely had this amazing MAC & CHEESE Lined up for today.

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P.S- As promised I am here with a new post on Wednesday. (New post every Sunday and Wednesday)

Lately, I have been needing a big bowl of comfort. Sometimes life just screams ” I need a big bowl of ooey-gooey cheese noodles.Feed me”  Who am I to say no? Its mid- week and I think it is the best time for some comfort food. Who wants to spend so much time in the kitchen during this heat..No one right. Try this recipe and I bet you will want to eat it every now and then. Most of you would be knowing by now that I can eat Pastas and Macaronis almost everyday. Please do not judge me…I am not a calorie counter 😛

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For those who do not know what Mac and Cheese is:

it is a dish of English Origin, consisting of cooked macaroni and Cheese..mostly cheddar cheese, though you can also incorporate other ingredients like herbs, vegetables etc. Traditionally Mac & Cheese is a one pot, oven dish which is why it is known as comfort food. But you can always make it in a sauce pan.

The most important part in this recipe is the creamy sauce. Do not think it requires any fancy ingredients or something. Just Milk, Butter, Cream and Cheese and your sauce will by rich and creamy. The more cheese you add to the sauce the more creamier the sauce becomes. But do not add too much. Just the right amount will do good. So what are you waiting for guys. Make your own gooey, delicious, macaroni and cheese with this delicious no fail recipe.

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P.S- If you are a calorie counter please do not look into this recipe…pls!!

This recipe is great because its super quick and you can make it from start to finish in just about 20 mins. It really really easy and as I always say..this one is a BEGINNERS recipe too. The best part about this recipe is that it is a one pot recipe. You do not need anything else. The only thing to keep in mind while making this recipe is to add the cheese in small batches so that it stays extra creamy, and I have cooked the pasta in a  milk mixture which takes the decadence up a notch. Also I topped it with dried mixed herbs which gives it a bit of kick. It SO SO GOOD…..yummmmm..

So lets get started with the recipe.

RECIPE: MACARONI AND CHEESE

Makes: 1 pot

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Macaroni: 150 gms
  • Butter: 4 Tbsp
  • Whole Milk: 2 1/2 cup
  • White Flour- 1/4th cup
  • Salt- to taste
  • Mixed Dried herbs- 1 Tbsp
  • Ground Mustard- 1 tsp
  • Ground Pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Cheddar Cheese- 1 1/2 cup
  • Parmesan Cheese- 1/2 cup

PROCESS:

Boil your macaroni..drain..rinse and set aside.

In a deep pot, add butter and melt it. Add in 1/4th cup flour and whisk into the butter. Once combined add in  milk, salt and ground mustard. Whisk all the ingredients together and cook until its nice and bubbly,

Turn off the heat and start adding the CHEESE! Slowly whisk in the cheese until it is melted. The sauce will now be really thick and creamy. Add in the macaroni along with ground pepper and mixed dried herbs.

Your one pot macaroni and cheese is not ready. You can also bake it for 5 to 10 mins if you want or eat it right away. I could not resist it so no baking in my case.

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Classic Margherita Pizza Cups

They say happiness comes in small packages 🙂  This recipe is nothing less than that. I am sure you love and adore all the toppings of your favorite pizza but nothing beats a simple, yet CLASSIC MARGHERITA PIZZA!!!

This pizza cup recipe is a tiny version and is surely a hit and one of a kind.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I know most of you are going to hate me for not posting recipes through out the week since past 2 weeks. I am really sorry guys. I have a really special surprise for you guys. Something I have been planning for months now. But i am only going to talk about it once it is completely ready to be showcased. Why spoil the fun right??? Its a really special project for me and i am busy with that. I promise once that is over and I am back to the normal routine, i am going to post 2 recipes per week as always or may be 3.

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Nonetheless, coming back to this recipe, I want you guys to try it as soon as you read the post. The reason is that these are really really easy to make and also amazingly delicious. I don’t think I have posted a easier recipe than this. If you are a pizza lover, then get the ingredients and start baking them right away guys.

Honestly, I love my pizza loaded with a variety of toppings right from mushrooms to bell peppers to caramelized onions and what not. To me a pizza without topping is like a cupcake without frosting. I heart my toppings that much. But sometimes the simpler the better. Once in a while, I love to indulge in a Classic Margherita Pizza. The combination of cheese, tomato and basil is enough to get your taste buds dancing. So, I decided to bake these yummy-licious pizza cups.

P.S- My love for single servings is inseparable. Result: pizza cups. 😛

These pizza cups are the best blend of easy and satisfying food. Plain and simple, it just tasted GOOD. Also these are fulfilling without too much grease and gunk weighing you down. Now these pizza cups aren’t bite sized. They are filling as it is loaded with cheese. So, 2 to 3 of these along with salad or soup can make one heck of a meal. Please invite me if you are making some. I am tempted to eat them again as i am uploading the pictures..but they got over in minutes guys..

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These pizza cups aren’t made out of any pizza dough or pizza base. A pizza base becomes too thick for making cups. These are made out of tortillas as they fit perfectly as the base for the cups. Now, I make fresh tortillas for the cups and I am going to list down the recipe of making fresh tortillas too. But you can easily get a store bought one to make these. Making fresh tortillas is not at all important.

Besides the dough, there are only 4-5 ingredients here.Use your favorite homemade tomato sauce – not too much. Good quality mozzarella. Fresh, plump, juicy tomatoes. Lots of fresh basil… and bonus if it’s from your garden. Season with fresh ground pepper. That’s all.

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So lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: CLASSIC MARGHERITA PIZZA CUPS

Makes: 10 to 12 

Prep Time: 30 mins( if you are making fresh tortillas)

Baking Time: 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Tortillas: (Optional, you can use store bought tortillas)

  • All purpose flour: 1 cup
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Oil or shortening: 2 tbsp
  • Water

For the recipe:

  • Olive Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Roasted Garlic- 2 cloves finely chopped
  • Your favorite pizza or tomato sauce: 1/4th cup (To make pizza sauce at home: Saute garlic, onions and add tomato puree. Cook for 10 mins and add seasonings)
  • Mozzarella Cheese: 1 cup
  • Plum Tomatoes- 2 sliced
  • Basil- dried or fresh
  • Ground Pepper- to taste
  • Salt to taste

PROCESS:

If you are making fresh tortillas at home, then mix all the ingredients under the heading and make a soft dough. Cover the dough with a wrap for 15 mins. After that, divide the dough into equal parts and start rolling each one of them into circle. Make sure it is very thin. In a slightly greased non-stick pan cook the tortillas until they have light brown spots on each side. Do not over cook them. This quantity will make about 8 to 10 tortillas.

Once the tortillas are ready, cut them into circles of about 3′ to 4′ in diameter with the help of a cutter. Press the circled out tortillas in a muffin tray to form a cup like structure. I used 2 muffin trays to make 12 pizza cups.

Now brush these tortillas in the tray with olive oil and garlic. Add half a spoon of tomato sauce (either homemade or readymade).

Fill it 3/4th with mozzarella and top it with sliced tomatoes.

Bake these in a preheated oven for 15 mins at 160 degrees. Top with ground pepper and salt once baked.

They are ready to be served hot.

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Corn Cheese Poppers

Looking for something to have with your Evening Tea? Or a Perfect Monsoon Snack? Try these Corn Cheese Poppers. They are spicy…and filled with Cheese.

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Hello Readers,

Do you also love fried snacks during Monsoons. Well I simply ❤ them. I know fried means added calories…but lets face it..nothing beats the taste of a yummy fried snack. No matter you bake them or fry them in an air fryer the latest trend these days…… the taste would never be the same. I believe its good to count the calories but  once a while indulgence isn’t a bad thing 😛 What do you think?

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P.S- I am not a strict calorie counter..but I  like to balance the food.

These Corn and Cheese Poppers are perfect, spicy and cheesy snack. If you are looking for a tea time snack, I would really recommend to make these. It is ready in no time and are bite sized. I feel they are an amazing party snacks too. They just melt in the mouth like a cotton candy. I prefer them a little spicy. I add both green chilli and chilli flakes to these so that it cuts down the sweetness of corn and makes it spicy. Well, if you don’t prefer it spicy, you can go with a normal one too.

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These are really simple to do and you don’t need any fancy ingredients to make these. Just sweet american corn, cheese (preferably mozzarella cheese), green chilies and a few spices. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together and fry them.

RECIPE: CORN CHEESE POPPERS

Makes : 10 to 12 poppers

Prep Time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • American Sweet Corn- 1 1/2 cup (boiled)
  • Mozzarella Cheese- 3/4th cup
  • Green Chillies – 2 to 3 chopped
  • Potato- 1 (boiled and mashed)
  • Cilantro- 2 Tbsp (Finely Chopped)
  • All Purpose Flour- 2 Tbsp
  • Corn Flour- 2 Tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Red Chilli Flakes- 1/2 Tsp
  • Black Grounded Pepper- 1/4th Tsp
  • Oil- For Frying

PROCESS: 

1. Boil the corn for about 5 mins and griddle them in a mixer just a little so that a few are mashed.

2. In a large bowl, add mashed potato and all the ingredients mentioned under the ingredients heading.

3. Mix all the ingredients nicely, so that they are all combined.

4. Divide in equal proportions, make round balls and deep fry them

5. Fry them on low flame so that they are cooked perfectly from inside.

Your Corn Cheese Poppers are now ready.

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Cheesy Quesadilla with Salsa

LOVE ❤  Mexican Cuisine?

Try My Cheesy Quesadilla with Salsa and you will feel like a pro at making Mexican Food. Its really simple and gets ready in no time.

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I love Mexican Cuisine. The reasons are quite obvious. I love spicy and cheesy food. Whenever we talk about Mexican Cuisine all that comes in our minds are Nachos, Tacos, Burritos, Mexican Rice, Mexican Salad, Fajitas, Sour Cream, Gucamole,  Salsa etc. Well is Mexican Cuisine all about this? Not really. There is a lot more to it. But these are some of the exclusive dishes which people do not eat everyday . Like here in India, whenever we go to restaurants we find Dal Makhni, Paneer ButterMasala, Naan etc on the menu..which is not something we Indians eat daily but these are our premium dishes. Similarly, when we talk about Mexican Cuisine we think of all these Premium Dishes. I am going to make all these with the course of time. To begin with I chose Quesadillas as they are my super favorite.

P.S- I Love Mexican Food because its Spicy.

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A quesadilla is a flour tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with  a savory mixture and lots of cheese and covered with another tortilla and cut into a pizza like shape. Quesadilla can be served with salsa, sour cream or simple plain. It has a lot of cheese including processed cheese, mozzarella cheese and yellow cheddar cheese. These enhance the flavor and texture of the dish. The filling however can be of your choice. You could go for a mix veg version or a paneer version. The choice is totally yours.

You can also call them as a Mexican style stuff pancakes, like a toasted sandwich, made with two tortillas sandwiched together with a cheese based filling. They are warmed through and meant to be served hot. Some people like to fry their quesadillas in oil, but I dont like it that way. It makes them extremely oily and unhealthy. I like to put them in a dry non-stick frying pan on a medium heat , so that after a minute or two you are left with a really crispy outside and an oozy stringy filling.

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P.S- Quesadillas are really easy to make. If you are a beginner at cooking Mexican Food.. try these and you will be amazed with the way they turn out to be.

The Tortillas can either be ready to eat or you can make them at home. Its really easy. I prefer fresh home made tortillas. All you have to do is mix four ingredients- Flour, Salt, Oil and Water and form and dough. Roll it out and put them in a dry non-stick pan on medium heat and let it stay there for about a minute on each side & voila …your fresh homemade tortillas will be ready. They have a shelf-life for about a day or two. You just have to keep them covered.

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The filling for the Quasedillas completely depends on your choice. I have prepared a basic cheese quesadillas with Corn, Tomatoes, Onion, Corn and lots of cheese. You can fill in any other combination of veggies you prefer. The choice is totally yours. However, for a classic version of Veg Quesadillas, Corn..Tomatoes..Green Chilli and Cottage Cheese is preferred.

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RECIPE: CHEESY QUESADILLAS With  SALSA

Makes- 2 Quesaldillas

Prep Time-30 mins

Making Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For Fresh Tortillas:

  • Flour- 1 1/2 cup
  • Oil- 1 Tbsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Water- As Required

For Salsa:

  • Onion- 1/2 cup Finely Chopped
  • Tomatoes- 1 Cup Finely Chopped
  • Green Chilli- 2 Finely Chopped
  • Cilantro- A handful Finely Chopped
  • Lemon Juice- 2 Tbsp
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder- 1/4th Tsp
  • Sugar- A pinch

For Tortillas Stuffing:

  • Cottage Cheese- 100 gms (Diced into small cubes)
  • Corn- 1/2 cup ( Boiled)
  • Tomatoes- 1 (Finely Chopped)
  • Onion- 1 (Finely Chopped)
  • Green Chilli-1 (Finely Chopped)
  • Mushrooms- 2 to 3 (Finely Chopped)
  • Salt- To Taste
  • Pepper- 1/4th Tsp
  • Chilli Flakes- 1/4th Tsp
  • Fajita Seasoning- 1/2 Tsp
  • Oil- For cooking
  • Processed and Mozzarella Cheese- 50 gms

PROCESS:

1. To make Fresh Tortillas, In a large bowl mix all the ingredients given under the Tortillas recipe and form a dough. Cover the dough with a wet cloth.

2. Heat oil in a pan, then add green chilli and onion. Saute for a min, then add corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, cottage cheese, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and fajita seasoning. Just cook them for about 2 mins.

3. Now,Evenly divide the dough into round chapati balls and  Roll out the dough similar to a chapati, and cook on a non- stick pan. Just cook for 1 min on each side. Cook all the tortillas and keep them aside.

4. Take a thin tortilla and spread the filling and top it up with cheese. Now put the second tortilla on top and press it to make it stick. Cook it in a non stick pan by pressing it on both sides till crisp.

5. Cut like pizza wedges and serve hot along with SALSA

6. For the Salsa, Mix all the ingredients under the Salsa heading and leave for 30 mins.

Your Cheese Quesadillas are now ready.

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4.

Summery & Peppy Veg Bruschetta

Ah, the bounty of summer. Italian Bruschetta is a wonderful way to capture the flavors of ripe summer tomatoes, fresh garden basil, and garlic. What could be more summery than grilled peppers and tomatoes on a toasted country bread with flavors of your choice! 

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This versatile recipe works both as an appetizer or even a whole meal. Either ways it a complete WIN- WIN 😀 I would rate this one 10 on 10 and is one of my favorites. It gets ready in no time and is perfect when you are inviting people home for dinner. Saves time and is extremely gorgeous looking.Well I had no guests coming over. 😛  But it was a result of my urge to eat something really nice..peppy…crunchy and spicy…Yummm….. So here it was…Veg Bruschetta. If you are looking for an easy, snacky and summery first course then this is a perfect one.

My love for Bruschetta’s started when I was in college. They acted as the perfect take away and I simply loved the flavors. I loved having them every now and then. ❤ They have been on my cooking list and I had to try them…So finally I did and am super happy with the way they turned out. 🙂 They are very summery and peppy… The use of fresh tomatoes and peppers just makes it amazing.

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Bruschetta’s could be as simple as just using tomatoes and basil, but yeah you can always experiment with your favorite flavors and veggies. So go ahead and try create your own version of it. 🙂

The best part about a Bruschetta is that you can play with the ingredients. You could use veggies of your choice. Not only veggies the sauce could be of your choice too…. Use your favorite pesto or creamy mushroom or the all time favorite tomato and basil. 😉

This bruschetta recipe is extremely simple and only relies on a few flavors to make it amazing. Because of this, you really want to use the best ingredients you can find. During the summer, you’re probably inundated with sweet, plump tomatoes. In other months though, you might need to look a little harder.

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Seasoning tomatoes 😀

Seasoning the Tomatoes is the secret ingredient for a perfect and tasty bruschetta. It really takes them to the next level. Before doing anything else, we chop the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Not only that, but we leave them alone for about 10 minutes. As the tomatoes sit, they become extra flavorful. They also release some of their juices — this is perfect for when we’re topping the bread later.

INGREDIENTS:

Serves- 6 to 7

Prep Time- 15 mins

Baking Time- 12 to 15 mins

  • Italian Bread (or any bread of your choice)
  • 4 Plum Tomatoes- Finely Chopped
  • Mixed Peppers- 1 Cup finely chopped
  • 2 Red Onions- Diced
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Amercian Corn- 1 cup(Optional)
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese- 2 cups
  • Olive oil- 2 Tbsp
  • Balsamic Vinegar- 1 Tsp
  • Salt and  Black Pepper – to taste
  • Seasoning( Chilli flakes, Oregano, Thyme, Basil)

PROCESS:

Preheat oven at 150 degrees for about 15 mins.

1. In a large bowl, add the tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

2. Cover and leave it in the fridge for about 20 to 25 mins. This will allow the flavors to soak and blend together.

3. Now add onion, corn and the seasoning.

4. Line your bread in a baking tray. With the help of a spoon divide the mixture evenly on the bread.

5. Top it up with lots of mozzarella cheese.

6. Bake till the bread is nicely toasted and the cheese melts.

7 . Serve hot.

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Your Veg Bruschetta is now ready.

* A Bruschetta can be as simple as only fresh plum tomatoes and basil.

* If you dont have dried basil you can use fresh ones too.

* Play with the toppings. Pick your favorite.

* You can even apply a red sauce as your base ingredient if you dont want the chopped tomatoes. To learn the recipe Click Here

*You can use any cheese of your choice. Lots of them 😀

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Shruti

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