Cooking for one can be a challenge. No matter how much I like something, I don't really want to eat it for the next 5 days, ha! What I love about this recipe, is that I can make myself a nice, creamy, single serving of mac & cheese, or I can double or triple it if I want some to take to work or share with a friend. It's soooo much better than that boxed stuff!
Blue Ribbon Recipe
What a wonderful way to indulge yourself in macaroni and cheese... while still maintaining portion control! It's creamy, cheesy, and better than any single-serve mac and cheese you'll get from the store. Quick and easy to make, you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen already. A great recipe if you're cooking for one.
Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add pasta and let boil about 8 min or until the pasta is cooked but still firm. Drain & set pasta aside.
In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and onion powder and stir until combined.
Add milk and whisk until smooth. Cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
Reduce heat to low. At this point, if using add the ground mustard, Worcestershire, or hot sauce.
Add cheese and stir until cheese melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the pasta.
Spoon into greased, oven-proof ramekin, soup crock, or small gratin dish. Sprinkle top with cheddar cheese, or bread crumbs if you wish (I use both!).
Place on a small baking sheet (in case it bubbles over), and bake for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and it is heated through.
*Note: There are so many ways you can vary this. You could use sauteed onions instead of the onion powder, or add bacon, etc. Let your imagination run wild! :)
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