Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: One Pot Stove Top Orzo Mac and Cheese



Happy Tuesday all! I have another simple side recipe to share with you all, stove top mac and cheese! I used this as a side dish recently, but with a few additions this could become the perfect lunch or even main dinner course. I found this recipe on Pinterest via. White On Rice Couple and it looked too easy and delicious not to try. I changed it up a bit using Orzo pasta instead of elbow macaroni because one of my favorite Philly restaurants does the same substitution. It turned out so creamy and decadent, what is not to love? Also, did I mention its all made in one pot? Clean up is a breeze, so this is quickly becoming a go-to side dish in our household. I hope you enjoy this take on mac and cheese!



One Pot, Stove Top, Orzo Mac and Cheese

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of orzo pasta
  • 2 cups of milk plus more if needed (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup of grated cheese (I used cheddar)
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • dash of nutmeg
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Directions:

 Place the orzo into a strainer and lightly rinse. Allow a few minutes to drain. Bring a saucepan to medium heat. Add the pasta, milk, mustard powder, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to the saucepan and stir continuously. Slowly bring the mixture to a simmer, almost a full boil. ***be careful not to leave the pot alone or the milk will boil over and make a huge mess***Once almost boiling, bring the heat down to low and allow it to simmer for about ten minutes, frequently stirring the pasta so it does not stick together or to the bottom of your pot. If all the milk is absorbed but the pasta is not yet al dente, you can continue to add more milk a little at a time. When the milk has absorbed and the pasta is just under fully cooked, add your grated cheese and stir. Once the cheese has melted, turn off the heat and cover the pot for five minutes to let the final drops of milk absorb and allow the pasta to plump. Remove the lid and give the pasta a final taste. Add more salt if needed, and more milk if it is not to your desired creaminess. You can then add cooked bacon bits, sliced avocado, toasted breadcrumbs, or whatever else you like to top your mac and cheese with. Serve and enjoy!

 







XOXO


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