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Macaroni With White Cheese Sauce: Easy Weeknight Meal

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Rozlin loves to cook healthy food for her loving family, and she wants to share this recipe with her readers.

Yummy macaroni pasta with cheese sauce

Yummy macaroni pasta with cheese sauce

Pasta recipe

Delicious Macaroni Pasta

Macaroni is a type of pasta made from durum wheat in the shape of short, narrow tubes. It can be straight or curved, though the latter is called elbow macaroni. Macaroni takes only 9-12 minutes to cook.

This dish is an easy weeknight meal that can be made in under 30 minutes. You will love the rich, cheesy sauce, perfectly seasoned with oregano and topped with red chilli flakes. It is a satisfying comfort food.

This sauce is different from the standard white pasta sauce. The standard sauce is made with butter, milk, and flour, whereas the sauce I'm showing you here is made with butter, milk, oil, and cheese.

Butter, oil, garlic, onion

Butter, oil, garlic, onion

Macaroni pasta, milk, salt, black pepper powder, oregano, cheese slices, chilli flakes

Macaroni pasta, milk, salt, black pepper powder, oregano, cheese slices, chilli flakes

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup macaroni pasta
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
  • 2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 cheese slices
  • red chilli flakes, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized vessel, bring water to a boil and add some salt and oil.
  2. Add macaroni pasta. Stir a few times to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  3. When it is cooked (9-12 minutes), immediately strain it and run some cold water over it to stop the cooking process.
  4. In a pan, heat oil and butter. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add onion. Once the onion becomes slightly pink, add milk, oregano, black pepper powder, salt, and cheese slices. Mix well.
  5. Cook the sauce on medium heat until it starts to thicken. Add cooked macaroni and mix well.
  6. Cook for some more time and then add red chilli flakes as per your taste.

Suggestions and Variations

  • Instead of macaroni, you can use any other shape of pasta of your choice. I recommend against using long pasta like spaghetti because it is not substantial enough to stand up to this sauce. I also recommend against using smaller shapes like orzo or penne, as they can easily get lost in the sauce.
  • Once the pasta has been sauced, serve immediately.
  • For perfectly cooked pasta, use a large pot.
  • You will need to use a lot of water.
  • A too-small pot and too little water encourages the pasta to clump and stick together, thus cooking unevenly.

Health Benefits

Cheese:

  • Good dietary source of calcium, fat, and protein.
  • Contains high amounts of vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus, and riboflavin.
  • Cheese made from the milk of 100 percent grass-fed animals is the highest in nutrients and also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2.

Pasta:

  • Good source of carbohydrates, which provide vitamins, minerals and energy. One serving of macaroni offers 43 grams of carbohydrates.
  • Good source of fiber, which is required for effective digestion. Whole wheat pasta contains more fiber (6.3 grams per serving, representing 24% of the overall recommended amount of dietary fiber for women and 17% for men).
  • Packed with essential minerals including folate, selenium, and manganese. Whole wheat pasta is also an excellent source of carotenoids.
  • Can be a good choice for people who are diabetic. Pasta has no cholesterol and low sodium.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Rozlin

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