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M is for Macaroni

April 16th, 2011 at 07:49 am

Ahhh, the ultimate comfort food for me is macaroni and cheese!

I remember being in college and a friend of mine invited me over to her house and she said she and her mom had a surprise for me...homemade macaroni and cheese! Homemade anything was pretty darn good when you eat cafeteria food. I was in college in the late 70s and 80s where if you lived on campus, you automatically paid room and board. I'm sure it wasn't made with gourmet cheese, probably Velveeta, but wow, was it good!

I like experimenting with different cheeses for my own macaroni and cheese. I even like using different types of pasta. One never knows what one can come up with.

I often use the macaroni or elbow pasta for "goulash." My husband enjoys it and when we get a chance to visit his aunt and uncle, I try to make some before we visit because she likes it pretty well too. My recipe isn't anything extraordinary, but here it is:

Goulash
ground beef browned with chopped onion
elbow macaroni cooked
1 bell pepper chopped and sauted
can of tomato sauce

I add it all together and simmer for awhile. It is a good make ahead meal as well as a fast meal. I didn't put measurements because it all depends on how much I need to make at the time.

Speaking of macaroni, I never did figure out the line about Yankee Doodle...have you?

6 Responses to “M is for Macaroni”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    I like mac and cheese, too. I never had the kind out of a box (Kraft) until I was in college and a friend was making it for me one weekend when i was visiting her parents' summer home in Maine. I accidentally added the cheese mix straight into the boiling water. Oops.

    But i eat way too much pasta. I try to add either broccoli or peas when i do have mac and cheese to make it go further and add some nutrition.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Seems like I read back when I was a kid that "macaroni" is very similar to a word meaning flamboyant decoration on military garb. So if Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it "macaroni", he was mocking military officers who either are awarded honorary decorative doo-dads for their uniform, or who simply invent them and put them on their own uniforms for the pomposity of it.

  3. laura Says:


    The grown-ups in my house eat way too many carbs. The kids my house love mac & cheese. I use my grandma's recipe and but bread crumb on the top and back in the oven.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    The first time I had macaroni and cheese was in 7nth grade home economics. We made it ourselves with a homemade white sauce and some kind of white cheese. It was really, really good. I was never happy with boxed mac and cheese because of that experience. I still wish I had the recipe.

    My son likes plain macaroni noodles with extra sharp cheddar cheese melted on top. It's fast and easy, at least.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Hey, Joan, I appreciate the explanation...I feel a little smarter thanks to you. I just figured it was something to make it rhyme.

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