The Baked Macaroni and Cheese called for:
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 pound cut pasta
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups grated cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ground black pepper
- 1/2 cups bread crumbs
First I heat the oven to 400F . Then I brought a large pot of water to a boil and salted it for the pasta. I decided to use spiral pasta.
Then I heated the milk with bay leaves in a small saucepan. After about five minutes I turned off the heat.
In another pot, I melted the butter. When it was melted, I added the flour. When the mixture was brown, I removed the bay leaves from the milk and poured some milk into the butter-flour mixture. I gradually added more milk until all the milk was used and the mixture was thick and smooth.
I then added the cheddar.
I then added the broccoli.
While this was happening, I added the pasta to the boiling water.
When the pasta was ready I poured it into a glass baking pan. Then I poured the cheese mixture over it and mixed them together.
I then mixed the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper into it, and topped it with bread crumbs. After that, I put it in the oven to bake.
To make it a meal, I made Pan-Cooked Salmon. I had made this before using Bittman's recipe, so I didn't even look up the recipe.
The Pan-Cooked Salmon called for:
- Olive oil
I put olive oil in a large pan. Then I salted/peppered the salmon. I then cooked the Salmon. Very easy!
It turned out very good. I must admit though that my favorite part of the meal was the salmon. The baked mac and cheese came out a little dry. It turned out really good in class though, so maybe I need to make more cheese sauce next time.