My daughter has had a craving for "Macwani-cheese" lately and of course, since it involves pasta, it's a pain to fill a pot, boil the water, cook the pasta, then (depending if it's homemade or boxed) you have to prepare the cheese sauce and serve.
I figured that there must be a faster way.
I read an article that mentioned that one can cook a small amount of pasta straight in the pan and save time, so I decided to give it a try for this quick mac-n-cheese.
Quick Macaroni and Cheese (Lunch) for Kids
1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 cup water
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk
1-2 slices American cheese (to taste)
pinch of pepper
Begin by adding the 1/2 cup pasta and 1 cup water to a small pan. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt.
Fire up to the heat to high and bring to a boil.
Once the water reaches a boil, set your timer for about 8 minutes.
As the pasta absorbs the water, it will reduce quickly.
When you are nearly out of water (and the 8 minutes is almost up - this may vary from kitchen to kitchen) cut the heat to low.
Make sure to taste the pasta to make sure it's al denté. Add a little more water if it's not.
Add the tablespoon of butter, 1/4 cup of milk and the slice of cheese.
You can use 2 slices if you want it SUPER cheesy.
Stir to combine.
Cook over low heat for maybe 2 minutes until everything is thoroughly combined.
Kill the heat and you'll see the sauce tighten up a lot.
Sprinkle with a pinch of pepper.
Serve to a delighted child.
(I ate the leftovers. It was dynamite. I'll probably make mac-n-cheese this way in the future.)