Lip-Smackin' Macaroni and Cheese

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READY IN: 27mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • On a cutting board use a sharp knife to cut onion into small pieces (you should have 1/3 cup). Reserve until Step 3.
  • Tear cheese slices into bite-size pieces. Save until Step 5.
  • Cook macaroni in a saucepan following the package directions, except add onion to water along with the uncooked macaroni so they cook together.
  • (To test macaroni for doneness, remove one piece with a wooden spoon, let it cool slightly, and bite into it. The center will be soft, not chewy.)
  • When macaroni is cooked, turn off burner.
  • Remove saucepan from burner.
  • Place colander in sink.
  • Carefully pour macaroni mixture into the colander to drain water.
  • Return warm macaroni mixture to saucepan.
  • Use wooden spoon to stir in American cheese, milk, and pepper.
  • Put saucepan on a burner.
  • Turn the burner to medium heat.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring all the time.
  • Turn off burner.
  • Remove saucepan from burner.
  • If mixture is too thick, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons additional milk.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if you like.
  • VEGETABLE STIR-INS: Add 1/2 cup frozen peas or frozen mixed vegetables or 1 cup frozen sliced carrots or frozen chopped broccoli to the saucepan along with the onion, macaroni, and water.
  • MEAT STIR-INS: Add 1/2 cup chopped cooked ham, chopped sliced pepperoni, sliced hot dogs, or chopped cooked chicken along with the cheese and milk.
  • Serve with tossed salad greens with your favorite salad dressing and milk.
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