With it getting darker so much earlier in the evening, and the days getting colder and colder, I thought it was time for a feel-good post to get you in the warm, festive spirit! Christmas isn’t far away, where there’s the satisfied glow of being inside in the heat, protected from the miserable Winter – so I thought I’d bring you a taste of Christmas, despite it being November!
I’m going to tell you how to make a lovely, cheap, homemade macaroni cheese.
If you’re anything like me, then cooking isn’t one of your strong suits. I’ve survived off ready meals for the past year, much to the horror of my housemates. So, this week, my housemate Charlotte decided that enough was enough, and it was time for me to learn how to make macaroni cheese, that didn’t involve a microwave. And I was surprised to find that it was easier than I’d expected.
Ingredients (serves two):
–Pasta (however much you want for a meal, but for exact measurement 150g)
-One packet of Coleman’s Cheddar Cheese Sauce
-300ml of Milk
-Grated cheese (to sprinkle on top)
-A whisk, or a spoon
-An oven, preheated at 220c.
Step One: Put the pasta in a saucepan. Boil some water in a kettle and, once it’s ready, pour it onto the pasta and leave it to boil on the hob, with the occasional stir to stop it from sticking.
Step Two: Pour the Cheese packet into a different saucepan, and slowly pour the 300ml of milk into that. Then, put this cheese-sauce-saucepan onto the hob on a low heat, and keep stirring it to stop it from going lumpy, until it thickens. If it seems to be staying as a liquid for a while, occasionally pause, wait for it to bubble, and then continue stirring.
Step Three: Once the cheese sauce has thickened, turn off the hob and pour the cheese evenly into the pasta, turning off the hob underneath the pasta too, once it has cooked. Then, bring the saucepan to the table, and pour the mixture into the bowls.
Step Four: Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of the pasta, creating an equal coating. Then, place the bowls into the oven and leave them in until the cheese goes brown. Keep checking the food, to make sure it doesn’t burn!
Step Five: When done, take out the bowls – BE CAREFUL, THEY WILL BE HOT (I learnt this the hard way!) – and put them on the table to serve! And you are finished!
The results are astounding, and you will be left with a delicious meal and a full sense of pride in what you’ve made! I strongly suggest you try making this, as a great way to cheer you up from the cold and save some money!
Let me know how your cooking goes in the comments below!