I don’t have any kids (that I know of) and one of the reasons is because I don’t want to try and negotiate with those unreasonable creatures. And a young child of, oh, let’s say 3 1/2 years is pretty much one of the most unreasonable ages you can deal with. Little Muriel is old enough to make demands about macaroni and cheese of poor Courage, but too young to be reasoned with in any way. But that’s why Little Muriel’s Macaroni and Cheese looks soooo good!
Adult Muriel is kind, patient, and able to cook for herself (with lots of vinegar, natch). Little Muriel demands a lot from the dog making her macaroni and cheese, so let’s try to make something she would fling off the table.
- 1 pound macaroni pasta
- 8 to 12 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup of béchamel sauce (don’t know how to make a béchamel? Here’s a nice, easy recipe)
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1-2 cups grated cheeses – your choice, I like havarti or monteray jack
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter up a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Cook the macaroni pasta to al dente or at least a minute less than the directions on the package. While the pasta is boiling make the béchamel sauce. Drain the pasta and add butter until melted. Next, mix in with the béchamel sauce and about half the grated cheeses until everything is well combined. Add about 1/2 of the pasta into the casserole dish and add a layer of cheese. And the remaining pasta and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes of until the cheese on top is bubbly.
I don’t care if this is worthy enough for Little Muriel, this is worthy enough for me! One item I didn’t already mention is that I have a serious problem with pre-grated cheese. I understand that it’s convenient, but I think it tastes “off”, kind of waxy I guess. For this recipe, or any recipe, please just resist the urge to buy the -re-grated cheese. If you want to make truly delicious macaroni and cheese, I would strongly encourage you to just grate it yourself. Think of all the calories you’ll burn while doing that cheese grating…that you can then utilize for eating more mac and cheese!
Cromulence: 10 Sri Lankas out of 10
Little Muriel’s Macaroni and Cheese from Courage the Cowardly Dog (Season 1 – Episode 13 (part 1) )