Sunday, June 30, 2013

How To Make Lazy Man Macaroni and Cheese - Cooking Macaroni And Cheese In The Microwave

Macaroni and cheese is a simple and cheap meal that you can easily make in a few minutes. It may not be the best gourmet meal that you've ever had, but it gets the job done. There are many different types of macaroni and cheese that you can make and different brands and styles that you can buy. The two most popular types of macaroni and cheese dinner are the kind with elbow macaroni and powder cheese, also known as Kraft dinner in Canada, or the kind with shells and a cheese that has a somewhat thick liquidy consistency like the kind sold under the Velveeta brand name. They are both cheap and easy to make, costing less than a few bucks per box and ready to eat in a matter of minutes. They recommend cooking it on a stovetop but it is not necessary. I find it easier to make macaroni and cheese lazy man style! I use a cup sometimes for extra laziness.

So how do you make this delicacy? Well its actually pretty easy. All you need is any kind of macaroni or pasta product and some cheese product. You don't want to use regular cheese from a block. I either use the powdered cheese from Kraft macaroni dinners or velveeta cheese. Velveeta cheese can be purchased seperately from the macaroni which makes it even cheaper to make and easier to measure and store. So instead of buying a box of Velveeta shells and cheese you can buy shell macaroni for about a dollar and a block of Velveeta cheese for about three dollars, which will give you about 4 servings at about a dollar each, as opposed to the boxed stuff which costs 2 to 3 dollars or more depending on where you buy it. So whatever way you buy it you need your macaroni and cheese. Simple enough so far, right?

Next you take some macaroni and put it in a microwave safe container. As mentioned previously, you can use a cup for that added lazy man touch. I use about half a box of Kraft dinner or Velveeta shells, equal to about a half a bowl of dry pasta. Then you pour water into the container, enough to cover the macaroni entirely but not too much as to where it will boil over. Then you put it in the microwave and nuke it for a few minutes. I find 4-5 minutes works best for me but it will depend on a few things like how powerful your microwave is and how much you are cooking. Once it is done your macaroni will have a nice al dente consistency which means it is squishy but not mushy: soft but not falling apart. If necessary you can add more water if it looks like there is not enough, or drain some water if there is too much. You don't want to dry the pasta out or it will ruin it, so if it is your first time experiment a little and check it about halfway to see how it is coming along. Then you take it out and mix your cheese in. Let it cool for a bit and then dive right in and devour your nice little homemade meal. See, it wasn't that hard was it? So easy, even I can cook it! Next time if you're lucky maybe I'll show you how to cook lazy man cereal!