Stovetop Mac and Cheese With Crispy Panko Crumbs
Need an easy comfort meal? This epic recipe for Stovetop Mac and Cheese With Crispy Panko Crumbs from Grandmother's own recipe collection will hit the spot. Mac and cheese is a favourite, and not just for kids. Although, this is definitely one of those easy kid friendly recipes that you can be sure your kids will love. Eating this meal will give you memories of being a kid and bring you a heart warming feeling only a comfort meal can bring. This easy macaroni and cheese recipe is made from scratch, so no powdered cheese in this recipe. There are also some Panko bread crumbs on top of this mac and cheese which makes it even more scrumptious, with a nice crunchy topping. Be sure to try out this recipe the next time you're craving some mac and cheese, it may become your new go to comfort meal. And save some room because there are more printable recipes available from Grandmother's Favourite recipes.***
Makes 4 servings
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8 ounces elbow macaroni (2 ounces per serving)
2 cups milk
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (or cheese of your choice)
Toasted Panko Topping:
1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
3 teaspoons olive oil
With this dish, time it so the pasta is cooked at the same time as the sauce. You should toast the panko first so it is ready when the mac and cheese are.
To cook pasta, fill a medium size pot 2/3 of the way with hot tap water. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and stir with a wooden spoon to be sure noodles don't stick to the bottom of the pot.
Always make sure there is lots of water in the pot when cooking any pasta so the pasta has room to roll around while it is cooking.
Turn the heat down, enough to maintain a boil and stir every so often to prevent noodles sticking. Do not cover the pot. After 8-10 minutes, take a piece of pasta out of the water, allow it to cool and do a test for doneness.
Bite into the pasta. If it is too hard to bite or you see a white center, it needs to cook a little longer. Cook 10-12 minutes or until done.
Put the pasta into a strainer. Shake out excess water and put the pot back onto a cool part of the stove.
In a saucepan combine 1/2 cup milk and the flour in a saucepan; stir with a whisk to combine.
Stir in the remaining milk and salt and bring to a boil, stirring as needed so it does not scorch. Once it boils turn down to low and stir in the cheese and salt until the cheese melts. Pour over the cooked pasta.
Serve with the toasted Panko sprinkled on top.
In a skillet, using medium heat add the panko and olive oil and mix together. Cook and stir until golden brown. Shut off.
Watch you do not burn them! This process only take a couple of minutes.
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Nutrition Facts for: Stovetop Mac and Cheese With Crispy Panko Crumbs From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Macaroni, milk, all purpose flour, salt, pepper, mozzarella cheese, panko crumbs, olive oil.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings. * Per serving: Calories 556, Calories from Fat 127, Total Fat 14.1g 22%, Saturated Fat 5.7g 28%, Cholesterol 25mg 8%, Sodium 818mg 34%, Potassium 283mg 8%, Carbohydrates 81.6g 27%, Dietary Fiber 3.8g 15%, Sugars 9.5g, Protein 25.2g, Vitamin A 5%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 43%, Iron 23%
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