Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Stovetop Mac & Cheese

I wasn't sure what to make for dinner tonight so I improvised and came up with Stovetop Broccoli, Onion and Tomato Mac & Cheese:

... using leftover odds and ends from the fridge. I cut one head of broccoli into small pieces and sauteed that, along with roughly chopped onion and garlic, in a skillet with some oil. Once everything was cooked I blanched two tomatoes, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped them and add them to the broccoli and onion mixture.

For the sauce I melted 2 tablespoons of butter in a pot, whisked in 2 tablespoons of flour and cooked it for a minute before adding 3/4 cup of chicken stock, 1/4 cup white wine, 1 cup of milk and whatever amount was left in a carton of heavy cream (maybe 1/2 cup). Brought that to a boil then turned off the heat and added about 1 1/2 cups of shredded Swiss, yellow and white cheddar cheeses, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg.

Once the pound of rigatoni was cooked I mixed everything together and dinner was served. You can't go wrong with broccoli and cheddar cheese and I liked the addition of the tomatoes and the kick from the white wine. All in all a very tasty improvised meal.
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  1. Mmmmm. I'm good. I moved to New Hampshire about 2 weeks ago. Things are going well.

  2. Holy invention, Batman! That sounds incredible. You're very creative.

    I rarely cook without a recipe and am just starting to get brave enough to not measure everything when cooking (yes, in baking it is necessary).

  3. Coley - Shoot me an email when you have a second!

    JoJo - That's why I don't bake. LOL!

    Lately I've been following recipes but I find myself subbing ingredients or changing the amounts if I want more or less of something. At this point I figure I know what I like and what sounds good to me and what I think will taste good together, although too much futzing can be a disaster.

  4. Hello sweetie!
    After nearly two weeks of takeout, four days of driving and fast food and then more takeout today, I am DYING for some home cooked food!

    This looks delicious and damn you for posting it! My mouth is watering! :)

    Miss you already!

  5. C Laz - YAY!!! You guys made it. I can't wait to hear all about your trip! :)


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