Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Recipe Renovation in Action

This was one of my most fun lessons! I did a cooking lesson with the super talented student,  Frankie Ann. We made homemade macaroni & cheese. I'm adding it my recommended recipes. We used the recipe from the Joy of Cooking cookbook. I'm posting the one from It's a super easy recipe that any high school student (maybe even middle school...) can make! It works kitchen and cooking skills with using the stovetop, measuring, shredding cheese, following a recipe, scooping and using the oven. 

 Here's the recipe (and the link): It's not exactly the most low fat recipe but students love a little comfort food like mac 'n cheese. You can replace some of the ingredients with low fat subs. I'm an advocate of healthy eating but even I couldn't resist homemade mac 'n cheese. Super yummy lunch with Frankie Ann after!
Prep Time:
20 Min
Cook Time:
30 Min
Ready In:
50 Min

Servings  (Help)


Original Recipe Yield 4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 pinch paprika


  1. Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
  3. Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 858 | Total Fat: 48.7g | Cholesterol: 142mg

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