Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Macaroni and Cheese

Look at that. Three decidedly non-vegan recipes in a row. It's like I'm in a slump. A fridge-full-of-cabbage,-beets,-and-unidentified-mustard-greens slump.

Boil 1/2 pound of pasta. I prefer penne, and honestly, if you're going to make mac n' cheese, go ahead and use the white flour pasta. Why skimp on comfort food?

Make a roux from 2 tbs. white flour and 2 tbs butter in a heavy pan. Stir constantly over medium heat until blonde, and then add 1 tbs. good mustard. Immediately add 1 cup white wine and whisk to mix.

I usually add 2 slices bacon, fried and crumbled, and 1 onion, chopped and sauteed. Then add 1 cup grated cheese- usually odds and ends- I use the bits where I have to cut the mold off.

Mix the cooked pasta and the cheese sauce. Put into oven safe dish. Top with 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Rest assured, I have ideas for vegan dishes. Unfortunately, I got them after 10 pm. Tomorrow.


  1. Personally, I always thought vegan was a poor fit for the blog all along. My whole understanding of the passage was 'a little meat is okay, but don't overdo it'. A vegan blog would be more appropriately named 'Only plants' and draw on a source material of 'all meat and meat byproducts are bad, you terrible people, you'.

  2. Even if you are only eating "mostly plants," that means at least a portion of your meals should have no animal products.

    Besides, everyone can build a meal around a little bit of meat, we're Americans after all. Janeric is doing the hard parts for us, when she isn't being all cheese-and-bacon lazy.

    More veggies! Maybe you could do something with groat oats? I made some in my rice cooker the other day, it worked pretty good.