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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Garlic Butter Spinach Bow Pasta

If you talk about a lazy Sunday evening, comfort food, it cannot get better than this Pasta recipe. 

Good Evening Lovely Readers,

I am quite a pasta person on Sunday’s (actually I can have it as every meal..each day)…. but especially on Sunday’s.. I like to take a big bowl of my favorite pasta and just sit in front of the TV. Obviously you don’t want to work too much in the kitchen on a holiday. All you one to do is cook a one pot meal and you are sorted. This pasta is totally one of those.

Spinach With a handful of ingredients this one makes the job fairly easy. Now, if you are not a spinach lover you can add any other vegetable of your choice. But trust me the spinach tastes amazing in this one. You can try broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, or even corns. Could it get any better for Sunday Supper??? No right.

I know most of you like your pastas in olive oil..at least I do. But try this one with butter and it tastes super amazing. Please do not count calories when making this. 😛   ( Its a warning) Though it does not have much calories as it has no cheese or sauce. Simple yet satisfying.

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Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE: GARLIC BUTTER SPINACH PASTA

Makes: Single serving 

Prep Time: 15 mins

Making Time: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Bow Pasta : 150 gms or 1 cup (Boiled)
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Garlic- 3 to 4 cloves finely chopped
  • Spinach- 1 cup
  • Oregano- 1 tsp
  • Chili Flakes- 1 tsp
  • Mixed Herbs- 1 tsp
  • Salt and Pepper- to taste

PROCESS:

Boil the pasta per your liking. In a heavy bottom pan,add butter and saute the garlic and spinach. Cook for about 2 mins.

Add pasta… rest of the seasonings and you are ready to go.

Serve hot. You can top it with some cheese if you like.

Whole Grain Rotini with Fresh Herbs & Vegetables

Looking for Comfort Food over the weekends? This one totally surpasses the weekend laziness and you wouldn’t mind making them for your Sunday Brunch or for Dinner along with your favorite Movie 🙂

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Pastas are my ultimate favorite and I can have them any time of the day. They never disappoint me. I look at them as comfort food. With a huge variety of whole grain pastas in the market these days you can very much eat them guilt free and as much quantity as you like. Yeah, when it comes to pastas I can actually hog on them very much. To make a guilt free pasta all you got to do is cook them without any sauce and with minimum flavoring. The best thing about  them is that with just a handful of ingredients too you can make them and they taste amazing. I mean i could just make them with 3 ingredients i.e Olive oil, Garlic and some chilli.

P.S- Pastas are my ultimate comfort food.

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I love my mushroom sauce pasta the most when it comes to my favorites but again there is no limits to how many ways you can make these in. I am definitely gonna do more recipes on these. However, when it comes to making them guilt free i prefer a whole grain pasta cooked in veggies without any sauce. You could go ahead with a red tomato sauce but only if you make them without cheese. 😛

This one is really easy to put together. I mean combine your favorite pasta with your choice of veggies and these are ready. It cant get easier than this..Can It? I dont think so. The variety of vegetables that can go in the pasta is amazing. You can combine them with anything and you are ready to put through. They suffice a perfect meal and my meal cant get better.

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I have used fresh Mushrooms, Broccoli, Zucchini and Bell Peppers. You can definitely go ahead and add corns, baby corns, spinach, carrots or anything you  prefer. So next time when you dont know what to eat or cook for yourself make these whole grain rotini and you wont be disappointed at all.

RECIPE: Whole Grain Rotini with Fresh Vegetables and Herbs

Serves- 2

Prep time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Whole Grain Pasta- 1 cup Boiled
  • Olive Oil- 2 Tbsp
  • Garlic- 3 to 4 Cloves finely chopped
  • Broccoli- 1/2 cup diced
  • Mushroom- 1/2 cup diced
  • Zucchini- 1/2 cup diced
  • Green Bellpeppers- 1/2 cup diced
  • Onion- 1 thinly sliced
  • Fresh Basil Leaves- Few
  • Salt- to taste
  • Pepper- to taste
  • Red Chilli Flakes- 1 tsp
  • Oregano- 1 tsp
  • Pasta Seasoning- Optional

PROCESS:

1. In a pan, heat some olive oil and add garlic and onions. You don’t need to overcook any of the vegetables as the bite to it tastes good.

2. Throw in all the other vegetables and saute for a few minutes.

3. Now add in the pasta and all other seasonings.

4. Cook for a few minutes and voila…your pasta is ready.

It really cant get simpler than this. Your Whole Grain Rotini with Fresh Vegetables and Herbs is now ready.

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Pizzzaa Saucee <3

 You will fall in love with this amazing Pizzaa Sauce and you would say a Big No to the canned ones.  What better than making perfect freshly made pizza sauce all by yourself. My recipe for the pizza sauce is versatile and you could use it for Pasta’s, Bruschetta’s and lot more!!

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Pizzas are ultimate favorite and what better than a freshly baked homemade pizza with your favorite topping. I will be posting homemade pizzas and pizza rolls soon. Keep reading for more updates 😉 Pizza sauce is more like the life of the pizza and even if you do not add toppings……..merely a pizza sauce and cheese can do wonders.

This pizza sauce recipe is extremely easy to make. Even if you are a beginner I am sure you would be able to make it easily and as tasty as it should be. The sauce is multi- purpose and you could use it for pastas or just as an addition to any of your favorite recipe.

P.S- You will never buy the canned pizza sauce once you learn how to make it all by yourself !!

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The freshly made sauce is so much more rich in flavors and trust me there is no comparison with the canned ones. You can make them perfectly just the way you like it and are way better. You can also store the sauce in an air tight container for future use. If you want to use it for much longer then avoid the seasoning and freeze it. When needed just heat them and add seasoning 🙂

I love Italian and Chinese food……….. and they are on my top list whenever it comes to cooking. Baking a perfect homemade pizza from scratch was a dream come true. Pizza sauce is super easy to make….. A few ingredients and you are sorted. The only rule here is to try using a good quality tomato and try using the reddest tomato you could find. This will give the sauce and amazing color and enhance the look.

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INGREDIENTS:

Makes about 1 cup Sauce

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

  • Tomatoes- 4 medium sized
  • Onion- 1 chopped
  • Garlic- 2..3 cloves chopped
  • Green Chilli- 1 (Optional)
  • Water- 1/2 cup
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Roasted Chilli Flakes
  • Oregano
  • Pizza Seasoning (Optional)
  • Sugar-1/2 tsp
  • Olive Oil- 1 Tbsp

PROCESS:

1. Boil the tomatoes with the skin on, on medium heat for about 10 mins.

2. Once boiled remove the skin of the tomatoes and blend in a food processor to form a puree.

3. In a pan, heat oil. Add garlic, green chilli and onions and saute till golden in color.

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4. Once the onions are golden, add in the tomato puree and cook for about 2 mins.

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5. Now add salt, pepper, chilli flakes, oregano, pizza seasoning according to your taste and preference.

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6. Add a little water so that it does not stick at the bottom.

7. Cook on low flame for about 8 to 10 mins. This is important. Let the sauce cook on a low flame so that the flavors stay intact and the sauce is just as amazing as you want it to be.

8. Once the sauce is thick and has changed color you know that it is done.

9. Let it cool for at least 20 mins before you use it.

10. The sauce is now ready to be used.

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Your delicious Pizza Sauce is now ready to be used.

* You could use butter or any other cooking oil instead of olive oil.

* Cook the tomatoes nicely if you want the flavors intact.

* Do not add too much water. The sauce is meant to be thick.

*Add the salt, pepper, oregano and chilli flakes according to your preference. However, use atleast half a tsp of each for a good flavor.

*You can store the sauce in an air tight container for future use. You can also freeze it without the seasoning if you want to use it for really long.

* I will be posting pizza and pizza rolls soon.

For any queries do contact me.

Enjoy Cooking

Love

Shruti

XOXO