Rich and creamy macaroni and cheese made without traditional butter!
Creamy, cheesy mac and cheese – life’s perfect comfort food! I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t go wonkers for a big, soothing bowl of macaroni and cheese… pasta wrapped up in the creamiest, cheesiest sauce you’ll ever taste.
Macaroni and Cheese is a kid favorite – typically made with butter, flour, milk and shredded cheese, before being stirred into pasta and seasoned with a little salt. Make it on the stovetop, or … mix it up and bake in the oven topped with breadcrumbs – both are just as fabulous!
But.. you have a problem.
As you reach in the fridge you realize you are out of butter – even worse, you are out of heavy cream… so making more butter is truly not an option.
While most people might toss the butter aside in favor of healthier options, butter and raw full fat milk are actually both healthy fats that are so critical to our body. You’ll be happy to know though that you can still make the creamiest of macaroni and cheese despite not having butter. So creamy in fact, your kids may not even realize that you were out of butter in the first place.
Start by boiling your favorite pasta – wheat, rice, gluten-free or even regular macaroni. As the pasta is cooking, stir the flour into the milk on low heat, and whisk until combined. On low-medium, continue to whisk until the mixture has thickened, then toss in the shredded cheese, salt and pepper.
Once the cheese has melted into the sauce, stir in the drained pasta and season with additional salt and pepper, ground mustard or a little cayenne pepper.
This mac and cheese is one of my favorite recipes- enjoy it scooped into bowls, as a side next to grilled chicken or sloppy joes, or on it’s own for your next Meatless Monday!
What is your favorite comfort food recipe?