This past weekend I was blessed to spend a few days with some of my oldest and dearest friends. Some of these girls I met in the 3 year old class at West Hills Baptist Church. We have watched each other grow up. From elementary school to middle school to high school to college… from crushes and heartaches to love affairs and weddings to births and hysterical videos of our children… from plans and dreams to careers and families. We have all had our journeys and this weekend pretty much all we did was LAUGH! And eat….
As with all weekend getaways, everyone wants to contribute and this weekend everyone seemed to be on the same page. It was just a cheese plate type of group. I think we all figured that would go great with all the wine. So, when we were cleaning out the fridge on the last day, we probably had 5 lbs of odds and ends of various cheeses – havarti, havarti with dill, blue cheese, goat cheese, brie, that kind that has a rind with wine in it. You name it we had it. So what were we to do with all this cheese?
I feel like that happens a lot. You have a cheese plate at a party and then you have all the dregs of the wedges and they end up sitting in the cheese drawer. And, before you know it you have a full blown science experiment going on right there in your cheese drawer. So, one of my girls suggested making a gourmet mac-n-cheese. Brilliant!
Last night I threw together a white sauce and added about 10 ounces of random cheeses all mixed together added some cooked macaroni and voila! Gourmet Mac-n-Cheese. Don’t worry – it works. And we all loved it!
- 1 lb Elbow Macaroni
- 6 Tbsp Butter
- ½ c Flour
- 1 qt Milk
- 16 oz grated cheese (any kind you want)
- Cook the macaroni according to the directions.
- In a medium size sauce pan melt the butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth.
- Off the heat add the grated cheese and stir until melted.
- Add the cooked macaroni and stir.
- Serve immediately.