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Midterms Mac n’ Cheese

Mac n' Cheese

Five months later and I finally post a recipe for my blog’s namesake. And it comes at a time when I’m trading tea towels for textbooks, and hot plates for highlighters. Midterm season. At Northwestern, midterm season lasts from about week 4 until… week 10. From here on out, I’ve got a major exam or paper deadline every week.

What’s one thing that can comfort us while we battle constant examination and dreary weather? Mac n’ cheese. Cheap, cheesy, and oh-so-good.

This recipe cost me about $2.00 for 3 to 4 servings (about $0.50 a serving!). It was $0.50 for half a box of pasta ($1.00 for the pound), $1.00 for a quarter pound of cheese ($4.00 for the pound), and about $0.50 for milk. That is a MUCH BETTER DEAL than any boxed macaroni and cheese at the store, and it’s free of all the weird things they must be putting in powdered, non-perishable cheese. I don’t mean to hate on Kraft, because I do love my Spongebob and Scooby Doo macaronis. But when it comes down to it, this recipe is cheaper and better for you. It doesn’t take much longer to cook, either.

This recipe was my excuse to not study for a little bit. I think you should use this recipe as an excuse not to study, too. But now it’s time to hit the books with a full and happy stomach! Good luck on those exams, people.

Mac n' Cheese

Midterms Mac n’ Cheese

Serves: 3 - 4

Midterms Mac n’ Cheese


2 cups milk
1/2 lb macaroni (elbows or shells work great)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (1/4 lb)
1 tsp dry mustard (1 tsp dijon mustard)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt


In a medium pot, combine the milk and macaroni. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then immediately lower to a simmer (as low as your stove can go). Cook until the pasta is tender, about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the bottom doesn't burn.

When the pasta has absorbed most of the milk, stir in the spices. If it starts to look dry, you may need to add another splash of milk. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar cheese until deliciously smooth. Serve and enjoy!

If you want to add some extra protein and flavor, stir in a rinsed and drained can of black beans and some of your favorite hot sauce for a Tex-Mex creation.


Adapted from Budget Bytes


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