Culinary Couture: Homemade Mac and Cheese

Detailed & Delighted// Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

There are very few people who dislike Mac and Cheese. It’s one of those favorite comfort foods that is rich and savory, and can be made in a single pot to share with your family (or eat by yourself on the couch!). Growing up, my FAVORITE was always the Kraft blue box with silly shapes – more pasta surface area within each bite. These days, I need a little less mass-produced packaging in my life, and a little more organic goodness. Enter: Whole foods. I shopped for all of the organic ingredients in this recipe there, but the real pièce de résistance was the fresh gigli pasta I found in their refrigerated section. It really made the dish fluffy and delicious.

We like this recipe a LOT in our household, because the cheese sauce is simple to make, and it’s easy to integrate a few vegetables into an otherwise indulgent dish. Test it out, and be prepared to be amazed – it’s exceptional!

Cook’s Tools:

Cast iron pan (deep!), Large colander, Cutting board, Chef’s knife, Deep pot for boiling, Wooden spatula

Ingredients:

8-ounces fresh pasta (gigli), uncooked
3 cups organic broccoli florets, Italian parsley (for garnish), and 1/2 organic yellow onion chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 free range chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 cup organic skim milk (or Lactaid)
1 cup organic chicken broth
1/4 cup organic all-purpose flour (wheat is fine)
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup organic shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to the directions on packaging.

Add broccoli florets to the pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain, and set aside.

In the meantime, prepare the chicken. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, or until browned.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, chicken broth, and flour. Add salt, pepper, and chili powder; whisk until well combined. Stir the milk mixture into the pan with the chicken. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Add pasta mixture and cheddar cheese; stir until cheese is melted and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through. Remove from heat.

Let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Stir and Serve. Bon appetit!

Detailed & Delighted// Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep your ingredients and make sure you have what you need

 

Detailed & Delighted// Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep your onion and chop into small diced pieces

Detailed & Delighted// Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Brown your onions and chicken in olive oil

Detailed & Delighted// Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Italian parsley works well, because its big and leafy

Detailed & Delighted// Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Broccoli and Gigli boiled together

Detailed & Delighted// Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Mixing the fresh cheddar into the sauce! Delish!

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