Monday, January 19, 2015

Mac & Cheese for One

Some of you have asked for the single serving mac and cheese recipe.  Your joy is my joy:

(Remember that these are just guesses on the measurements but I think they're close)

Your favorite pasta, however much you want for a single serving
1 tsp butter
1 tsp flour
a pinch each of: salt, pepper, cayenne, and sugar
1/4 - 1/2 tsp dry mustard (this is a preference thing. I like a lot of mustard but it can go off the rails fast.)
dash of worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup grated cheese

While my pasta is boiling I assemble all the stuff. Once you start making the sauce it moves really fast so I like to have everything ready. In a small pot I put the butter and flour and in a small bowl I put the salt, pepper, cayenne, sugar, and mustard. I get the cheese and milk measured out separately. At about 4 minutes before the pasta is done I turn the heat on low for the sauce. Whisk the butter and flour together as it cooks and let it bubble for about a minute. Add the spices and worcestershire sauce and cook for about 30 seconds. Then add the milk, whisking until it thickens. Turn off the heat and add the cheese. By this point your pasta should be just about done. I just scoop it right into the sauce, draining it with a slotted spoon. It's ready to eat. I suppose you could pop this in a ramekin with some breadcrumbs if you prefer it baked, but I've never cared that much for it in that form. And why wait when you have cheesy goodness ready for you?

Well there you go. I feel like this recipe is a victory for mankind. Or, at the very least, single people the world over.

Non-related:  how do you say Worcestershire? I say wuss-ta-sure with the emphasis on wuss, but I've heard it a million different ways. Just curious.


Rach said...

I say worster. And I'm trying that recipe for lunch tomorrow. Yum!

Stephanie said...

Worst-ish-er . . . even though the fun way to say it is how it is actually spelled. But if I was that kooky, I would have to correctly pronounce all condiments . . . and I still like having an "h" in catsup.

Camille said...

Bless you. I'm going to need more of your single serve recipes. Thanks!

Heather said...

Just found my lunch!