It rained cats and dogs today, so when it was time to fix dinner, I was in the mood for something comforting. After a quick scour of my fridge and pantry, here’s what I came up with. Enjoy!
Grown Up Mac-n-Cheese
2c. cheddar cheese, shredded
1lb ground beef
1/4c. chopped onion
1/4c. chopped peppers (I used yellow and red bell peppers)
1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2c. bread crumbs
Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain. In a small sauce pan, melt 3 Tbsp butter. Mix flour and salt together and add to melted butter. Whisk until combined…mixture will be thick. Add 2 cups of milk, increasing heat to medium high. Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture has thickened, add 1 and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and turn down heat to medium. Stir until cheese has melted. Add cooked pasta to cheese mixture, stir, place the lid on and remove from heat.
Brown ground beef in a skillet with onions and peppers until cooked through and vegetables tender. Add worcestershire sauce, place lid on, and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Drain. Pour pasta and cheese mixture into skillet and stir until combined. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Sprinkle bread crumbs over cheese. Dot the top with a few pads of butter. Call me fat, but this will enhance the crusty factor of the bread crumbs and make you happier.
Finish your evening off with some Texas Sheet Cake like we’re doing:)