I have a confession to make. I don't like homemade macaroni and cheese. The only kind I've ever liked, is the stuff from the blue box. Now, before everyone gets huffy and calls me the anti-christ, let me explain. I don't like cheddar cheese. It's too...bold? Strong? Harsh? I'm not sure of the word I'm looking for, but I don't like it. There has been only ONE homemade mac n cheese that I've had that I actually enjoyed. I was too young to remember to get a recipe. So, I've began an adventure. To find a macncheez that I love. A couple of days ago, I think I might have found it! Only problem? Husband does not approve. Gah. Well, now that I've found one that I love, I have to find one that WE love.
Oh. Yes. There it is. My beloved macncheez. I found the recipe via Pinterest, and so I decided to give it a try.
Adapted from this one, here's what I did:
I ran out of milk, so I desperately used half and half. Not a terrible decision.
2 cups dried pasta (I used shells as you can see)
1 cup of milk (2%)
1 cup of half and half
1 cup of loosely packed shredded cheese (I used American and Cheddar)
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp dijon mustard
I followed the directions to a T. It turned out DELICIOUS. It's a thick macncheez, sticks to your ribs kind of meal. Now, I know I said I didn't like cheddar, but with the help of the American cheese, it wasn't too harsh. I absolutely loved the zing that the mustard gave it. That's what my husband didn't like. Party pooper. I am totally going to make this again. Maybe with a different cheese (or cheeses) and I'll try it without mustard, to see if I can make him approve. Mmmm.