Macs and Cheese My Way — One Of My Ways

Macs and Cheese is (are?) one of my favorite dishes, especially since I learned how to make it myself. I have to admit, though, there’s something seductively delicious about that day-glo orange salt-flavored industrially packaged macs and cheese product that has about as much nutritional value as the box it comes in. It’s like hot, gooey Cheetos. Mmmm….

But that’s not what I’m talking about today. Today, I’m talking about MY macs and cheese; specifically, the version I made the other day.


macs and cheeseFirst, I used whole wheat macs. Pretty good. Cook those up in salted water along with some fresh baby spinach and drain them.

Butter a casserole dish. Or, if you prefer, margarine one.

Put down a layer of macs and spinach. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper or Mrs. Dash. Sprinkle on enough flour to cover the macs. Put on some grated cheeses. I use Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago. I know, right?

Do another layer, alternating, ending with macs. No flour on the top layer. Butter (or margarine) on the top layer. More cheese, if you like.

Now, standing so you can look down into the casserole, gently pour in milk until you can see the milk rising through the macs. That’s enough.

Bake that puppy at 350F for about an hour. Cover the top with foil to keep it from drying out. Or don’t, if you like some of your macs crunchy.

I like tomatoes in mine and Charlie doesn’t, so I heated the tomatoes separately and spooned them on top of my portion.

Good? I’ll say it was! It’s all gone, too, alas. Guess I’ll just have to make some more!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What’s your main character’s idea of comfort food? Home made, or from the store?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Macs and Cheese My Way — One Of My Ways

  1. jane

    March 5, 2014 at 9:46am

    Well. I guess we all know what my vampire girls like for comfort food. Hot lil cuties sometimes named Mac. On the side, they chose that good ole Southern Comfort.

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      Marian Allen

      March 5, 2014 at 11:41am

      Right, right! When they have a chaser, they ARE the chaser. πŸ˜‰

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      • Jane

        March 6, 2014 at 8:32am

        You are so funny, girl! On target, as usual!

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  2. TCI

    March 7, 2014 at 7:51am

    I am not a writer and I don’t have my characters but me and my daughter love pasta as well. We sometimes fight who would cook as my daughter believe she is better and I agree. She doesn’t know that I pretend to want to make it to get her wanting to cook even more. We love ours with extra strong cedar cheese.

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      Marian Allen

      March 7, 2014 at 9:48am

      Heehee! I love the psychology! I love extra strong cheddar cheese, too, but I like to mix it up a little sometimes. πŸ™‚

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  3. Caleb

    March 19, 2014 at 4:43pm

    Sounds like a delicious dish. It is all about the ingredients you use such as which cheese and sauce you include on how it will taste. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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      Marian Allen

      March 19, 2014 at 5:15pm

      True that! Only the best cheese will do. πŸ™‚ Well … the best I can afford, anyway! lol

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