Cook off for the Perfect Macaroni and Cheese

 

The perfect macaroni and cheese dish starts with a white sauce made with melted butter, then flour, salt and other seasonings such as mustard are whisked together with mik.  It is then cooked until thick.  Cheeses of all types can be added, but the king of cheeses to use is Cheddar.  Don’t go to far with the cheddar for the extra sharp variety can cause the macaroni to have a mealy texture.  We found this out in our lab last week.  I picked up two packages of extra sharp cheese and  three of the groups’ macaroni was a little mealy.  So it was no fault of theirs.

I am not going to reinvent the wheel so check out my post from last spring on Macaroni and Cheese.  It has step-by-step pictures and tips to help you make the perfect macaroni and cheese for the upcoming holidays.

Here are the results of some really good macaroni and cheese.

1st Block Kitchen 1

1st Block Kitchen 2

1st Block Kitchen 3

1st Block Kitchen 4

1st Block Kitchen 5

2nd Block Kitchen 1

2nd Block Kitchen 2

2nd Block Kitchen 3

2nd Block Kitchen 4

2nd Block Kitchen 5

2nd Block Kitchen 6

Happy cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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76 responses to “Cook off for the Perfect Macaroni and Cheese

  1. jonathan 1st

    the mac and cheese was better with tonys

  2. nicole

    You know the white sauce is done and it’s time to add the cheese when it sticks to the back of the spoon.

  3. Katy Burger

    I learned that using extra sharp cheddar can make your cheese sauce a little crumbly and mess with the texture.

  4. heather

    This lab was so amazing we had so much fun making it and eating it! Also i learned that if you add the cheese and the white sauce together it might turn out griddy!

  5. Jessica Headen

    Before this lab, I didnt know you could make the macaroni cheese sauce.

  6. Jessica Turner

    Im glad we figured out that different types of cheeses can change the texture which is good cuz i cant stand for mac and cheese to be grainy.

  7. KhaMaria Jones

    My group realized the texture of our mac and cheese was different because we added the cheese to a really hot white sauce, next time we will slow down. :)

  8. Ethan 1st

    The mac and cheese was very good but in are case when we were mixing the cheese in with the very hot mixture it became a little grainy.

  9. Kayla Daniels

    I learned that if you put sharp and cheddar cheese together it will make the texture of the mac and cheese taste grainy.

  10. Haley V.

    I thought the Mac and Cheese was the best ever. I even made it at home! I learned that when the white sauce sticks to the back of the spoon, it’s thick enough.

  11. Mandi mills

    I learned that when the white sauce sticks to the back of your spoon it’s ready!

  12. Le'Keitha 2nd

    I learned that not watching your mixture when warming it can make your mac & cheese not so tasty

  13. Adam G

    I learned that you should follow directions carefully and not add the cheese as the sauce is cooking.

  14. Jenna Hanson

    I learned that different types of cheese can change the texture.

  15. LIZ 2nd

    i dont like macaroni n’ cheese but this was ok.
    i learned that the sauce should not feel like grainy, but smooth.

  16. Miya Dixon

    this was really good and fun to make

  17. anissagbeason

    who won the cook off?

  18. shiya hargrow

    i liked the macaroni but i didnt know that you made a cheese sauce for a dish such as this and my mom never uses flour for dish like this

  19. Thomas Harris

    I learned that the mac & cheese should be creamy not mealy

  20. Myah Edwards(:*

    I learned that if you put the white sauce in the microwave the sauce will separate.

  21. Abigail Kremer

    This was really good! I didn’t know that the fresh cheddar cheese would make such a difference in the flavor of the mac and cheese.

  22. Lucinda

    I learned that you can’t add the white sauce to the macaroni while it’s hot. Otherwise, your macaroni will be grainy and greasy.

  23. Savoi

    The mac n’ cheese was fun to make, I learned that you should not mix the cheeses and that cheddar is the best choice.

  24. kristin

    I learned that you have to put the macaroni back in the oven after you spread the cheese on top.

  25. Kamron Munch

    If the sauce is too hot when you add the cheese the cheese will separate.

  26. Andrew E.

    Honestly, I didn’t know flour was used to make macaroni and cheese.

  27. Rachel Carvalho

    I learned that if you don’t mix the cheese sauce just right, the macaroni can turn out grainy tasting.

  28. BrittanyJ

    I learned you have to mix the cheese in just right or else the sauce wouldn’t turn out right.

  29. alaina blackstock

    i learned that when the cheese sauce sticks to the back of the spoon it is ready.

  30. Austin Whiteley

    I didnt know that the type of cheese can change the texture of the foods!

  31. william

    i learned the pouring on top with the cheese technique.

  32. kelsey r

    i learned when the white sauce is done it sticks to the back of the spoon.

  33. sethmoss

    I learned that using extra sharp cheddar can make your cheese sauce a little crumbly and mess with the texture.

  34. Olivia Jarriel

    I learned that you can make your own cheese sauce.

  35. Chase DuCharme

    Different types of cheeses not only make it taste different it gives it diferent textures.

  36. Daniel Vinson

    I learned that you should follow directions carefully and not add the cheese as the sauce is cooking.

  37. Kaytlyn 2nd per.

    I thought the mac and cheese it was really good. I learned to test if the white sauce was ready dip a spoon in the sauce and see if it sticks to the spoon!

  38. Ladd Morgan

    I never knew that Cheddar was the king of cheeses! That’s amazing

  39. Mariama

    I love macaroni and cheese so im happy this lab taught me not to add cheese to a really hot sauce or it might turn out grainy!

  40. jamal 2ndpd

    i learned that different types of cheese effects the texture

  41. Mallori

    i learned that if the cheese sticks to the back of the spoon its ready. It was delicious

  42. Rebecca McConnell

    I didnt know that the type of cheese can change the texture of the food you make, or you could make your own cheese sauce. It was alot better then the boxed kind, I will be making this from now on!

  43. Alex

    This lab was delicious! Im not a big fan of macaroni & cheese, but this definitely changed my mind! I didn’t realize that this could either turn out very good or very bad, either really grainy or creamy. Luckily our kitchen’s turned out nice a creamy, which made it very appetizing!

  44. Cierra Portis

    I learned that mustard brings out the flavor and makes it taste better.

  45. Candiace

    I absolutely LOVED this. It was pretty easy, and it was way better then making it from the box. Now i can tell my parents that I know how to make mac and cheese without using the box recipe! (:

  46. Chelsea M.

    I LOVE Mac and Cheese, especially homeade, I would love to learn how to make it, so if you have any extra time I would like to get that recipe!
    :))

  47. jessica n

    i love you mrs. lupo

  48. jessica v.

    i learned that the dried mustard gives the mac and cheese a wierd but good taste.

  49. i learned that having a cheese crust is the best ever!!

  50. jessica n

    macaroni is easy task if you let it sit for a few minutes the noodles will soak and the maccoronni will be thicker

  51. Viviana D.

    I learned that you should follow directions carefully and not add the cheese as the sauce is cooking.

  52. Gifty

    i thought the mac&cheese was pretty good, i realized that the ground mustard influences the flavor of the dish

  53. charity

    i learned that certain cheeses effect the texture of the macaroni and cheese!

  54. kassie

    I learned that when the sauce sticks on to the spoon tbats it’s ready to eat :)

  55. Marissa- 1st period

    I absolutely love macaroni & cheese and thought ours tasted really good! I learned that you can put any type of cheese you want in your dish and you can put extra on top to give it a cheesy “crust”.

  56. amber w.

    i learned over cooking it will make it grainy

  57. Summer Bailey

    i learned that the dried mustard gives the mac and cheese a nice taste and wouldnt be the same without it.

  58. Jordan Griffin 2nd block

    I learned that extra sharp cheese can cause the macaroni to have a mealy texture.

  59. Lindsey Harley

    I learned that you have to do this recipe just right or your mac and cheese will be have a grainy texture, but otherwise this was pretty simple to make.

  60. Brooke H

    I learned while doing this lab that homemade mac and cheese is much more delicious than easy mac. It is also quick and easy.

  61. carmen

    i learned how to make some delicious mac and cheese!

  62. chelsea pirkle

    i loved this mac and cheese it was sooo amazing. i learned that you can put mustard in mac and cheese.

  63. Katie Johnson

    The macaroni and cheese was AMAZING! It was so easy to make and it was so good! I have never figured out how to make it without it being dry until now! I never knew you could cook the cheese sauce in the microwave! (:

  64. julie o

    i learned how to cook this recepie

  65. lauren bowman

    You know when the white sauce is done when it sticks to the back of the spoon.

  66. breana h

    i love mac and cheese but you would hate the way i make it bc i put garlic powder and lemon pepper in mine with extra cheese

  67. Jasmine J.

    Don’t add extra cheese b/c the macaroni will get saucy and won’t be as thick!

  68. Galia Sayyar

    I learned that when the white sauce sticks to the back of the spoon, it is then thick enough to be used

  69. Patrick Hogan

    I learned that if you put sharp and cheddar cheese together it will make the texture of the mac and cheese taste grainy.

  70. marty-2nd period

    I learned that it takes time for the macaroni to brown the way you want it to. In the recipe it has it wear to it look very yellow and cheesy looking.

  71. Sarah Michalke

    I learned that the type of cheese you use can make it smooth, stringy or grainy.

  72. jasmin m

    i really loved thic mac and xheese it was creamy and now i finally know how to cook this and not turn out hard and crumbly

  73. ashton k

    if you dont cook the sauce enough it will be runny

  74. Kaylon Hendrix

    I never knew there was more to mac and cheese than just noodles and cheese melted over the top, the ingredients you added really made a difference and allowed me to taste a new way of this dish!

  75. Jade Sanders 1st period

    I learned that you can add anything you want to this dish and make it your own creation.

  76. gabby c. 1st per., 2nd sem.

    This a little different from what I’m use to cause we don’t make macaroni and cheese exactly like this when I’m at home. I could see that ingredients are a big part of recipe.

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