Last week, I threw together a home-made macaroni (really penne) and cheese.
I felt like I didn’t have any food in the kitchen (it’s been amazingly cold and snowy in Chicago so I haven’t been out grocery shopping in a while). I started thinking and I did have little bits of a few cheeses, milk (skim, nothing fancy), half a stick of butter, flour, frozen veggies, and 3/4 of a box of penne.
I started a roux with a tablespoon of butter and flour. I added a cup of milk. (The last time I made this, I did 2 cups of milk to 1 tbsp of butter and flour but I wanted more liquid since I was baking that and this wasn’t going to be a casserole.)
I cooked the pasta with some frozen broccoli while I was adding about 1 cup of grated cheese (white cheddar, sharp cheddar, parm, and Gruyere) to the thickened sauce.
I grated a tsp of nutmeg and about 2 tsp of sweet paprika to the sauce. I drained the pasta and poured the sauce over it.
A comforting meal with almost no groceries when there is knee deep snow and a -16F windchill.