Monday, June 27, 2011

Mac n Cheese: A Cheater's Guide

What? Macaroni and cheese? C'est impossible! You had given up all hope of experiencing such deliciousness ever again. But fear not, dear readers! Beauty and magic and goodness are still present in our world. So, you could spend hours browsing teh interwebz in search of a super legit, complex, vegan, gluten-free casserole-style macaroni and cheese recipe. By all means, be our guest. Or, you could take us up on the alternative. Below you will find a a sufficiently tasty short-cut recipe, appropriate for the cooking-challenged (though you may want to seek some supervision, just in case).

Here at Culinary Misadventures, we like to keep things fancy. As a result, you get recipes like Jalapeño and Onion Mac n Cheese. But if you don't like jalapeños, just skip them. However, if you don't like onions, you seriously need to reevaluate your life-style and personal values. Here it is!

Jalapeño and Onion Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1 packet of Mrs. Leeper's corn pasta - elbows or rotelli
  • 1 packet Daiya cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium sweet onion (or whatever type of onion tickles your fancy)
  • 1 can jalapeño peppers or two fresh jalapeño peppers
  • healthy dose of salt Salt
  • obnoxious dose of salt Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta as directed on bag. If you're using Leeper's, stir the pasta around a bit when you first put it in. Otherwise, it likes to get all clumpy. Unclumping pasta is not a fun task.
  3. Drain the pasta (obviously). Then pour about half of it into the casserole dish.
  4. Mmmmmmmmm the yellowest pasta you will ever eat.
  5. Cover the pasta with onions and jalapeños. Then top this off with about half the bag of cheese and some salt and pepper.
  6. Tasty looking?  I know.  I made it, didn't I?
  7. Pour in the rest of the pasta.
  8. Repeat step 4. If you're feeling extra fancy add even more onions on top of the cheese.  Just brush your teeth later.  It's all good.
  9. Put the covered casserole dish into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove lid. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. So gooey.  And delicious.
    Once more, this time with dramatic zoom.  For effect.
  12. Eat and enjoy. Yummmmmmm.

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