Simple Mac and Cheese! If you love pasta and cheese, then this is the dish for you. This Simple Mac and Cheese recipe has a bit of a twist because it is made with provolone cheese instead of the more common cheeses, usually used to make Mac and Cheese. If you are a profound love of cheddar though, you can just swap it out in the recipe ;).
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Nutritional Information per Portion
For the pasta
- 75 g Dried Macaroni Pasta – [See good to know section.]
For the sauce
- 15 g Unsalted Butter – [See good to know section.]
- 20 g All-Purpose Wheat Flour
- 150 g Cow’s Milk
- 100 g Shredded Provolone Cheese
- 1/8 tsp Dried Ground Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
- 1/8 tsp Dried Ground Onion
- 15 g Seasoned Bread Crumbs – [See good to know section.]
Other things you need
- Food Scale
- Frying Pan
- Large Wooden Spoon
- Cooking Pot
- Oven Dish [one person serving]
- Oven Mitts
- Weigh your ingredients.
- Prepare your pasta according to the instructions on the packaging.
- Put the frying pan on the stove over medium-high heat.
- Melt the butter in the frying pan.
- Once the butter has melted, add the flour bit by bit. Use your whisk to mix the flour into the butter.
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the milk bit by bit and again, stir regularly while it is simmering for [recipe-timer minutes=5]5 minutes[/recipe-timer]. The sauce will get thick.
- Add the cheese, basil, pepper and onion powder. Keep mixing until all the cheese has melted and your sauce is smooth.
- When the pasta is done, mix it into the sauce.
- Put the pasta into an oven dish and cover the mac and cheese with breadcrumbs.
- Bake the Simple Mac and Cheese in the oven for about 10 minutes.
- Enjoy your Simple Mac and Cheese! (Be careful, it is very hot!)
Good to know
- Storing: Make sure to store your meal in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you are not eating all of it right away.
- Shelf life: The meal will stay good for a few days if stored correctly.
- Organic: To make this recipe organic, only use organic ingredients.
- Gluten-free: Use gluten-free pasta and breadcrumbs.
- Lactose-free: Use lactose-free dairy products.
- Tip: Add some raw veggies as a side dish, since there are none in the dish.
Know What You Eat
Both when buying food or when making your own, it is important to inform yourself about the nutritional value. Have a look at the nutrition label, learn about your serving size and what nutrients this product will bring to the table.
If you want to compare different products and their values, it is easier to look at a label where the values are given per 100 grams. This way you get a better understanding of the categories certain products belong to when it comes to nutritional values. Is this a product with a high sugar content? Does it contain a lot of fibre? How does this product measure up if I am looking to stick to a low-sodium diet?
Keep in mind that if you are looking to eat healthily, you should not just avoid eating fat and/or sugar. We need both in our daily diet. Make sure however to be aware of where you get your lipids and sugars from. As a rule of thumb, you could say; variation is very important in your diet and in general, the closer your food is to come straight from the source, the better.
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*All given nutritional information is an indication. Due to differences in how ingredients are produced, where they are purchased and how the recipe is prepared, nutritional values may vary.