The best things in life are Mac & Cheese! 🧀

The best things in life are Mac & Cheese! 🧀

July 14, 2021

There is no doubt that macaroni and cheese is a fan favourite for people of all ages.  Whether you are vegan, gluten free or have other dietary restrictions, there are a variety of different mac and cheese recipes that can meet your specific needs without compromising on flavour. In honour of National Mac and Cheese Day, I’ve provided three different recipes of this classic comforting dish.  These are all stovetop recipes, but can be baked or broiled in the oven for some extra crunch on top.

Don’t feel like cooking?  Try our delicious Chicken Macaroni & Cheese, which can be ordered as a single serving or enough for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Classic Mac & Cheese

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasta
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to box directions.
  2. In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, onion powder and mustard powder and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth. Continue to stir until the sauce starts to thicken, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the cheese until melted.
  4. Add the pasta, stir and enjoy!

 

Buffalo Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth (preferably low sodium)
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups pasta
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Add the chicken, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper to a mixing bowl and stir well until evenly coated.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and chicken and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low and then add in the broth and milk. Let simmer until it starts to bubble.
  4. Once bubbling add the pasta, and cook until noodles are tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Stir in the buffalo sauce and cheddar cheese.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

 

Vegan Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

Base

  • 10 oz pasta
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • ⅔ cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  1. Cook pasta according to box directions.
  2. Add the cauliflower, carrots, nondairy milk, oil, onion powder and salt to a large pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cover for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender enough to fall apart.
  3. Stir in the nutritional yeast.
  4. Pulverize using an immersion or regular blender (you may want to add additional nondairy milk if the sauce needs to be thinned out).
  5. Add in the pasta, stir and enjoy!

All recipes inspired and adapted from The Stay At Home Chef, Healthy Fitness Meals and Chocolate Covered Katie.

Eat well, be well

Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO