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Sunday, January 23, 2011

How to Make Easy Cheese Tomato Sauce (Mac and Cheese!)

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  Only takes 20 minutes or so to prepare
Creamy homemade cheese tomato sauce and spaghetti

I made this up for our dinner tonight when my boyfriend and I couldn't find anything to eat. I really like it so I am going to share it with you :)
(Any * is extra information noted at the bottom of this blog entry)
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Ingredients Required:
-Cooked Noodles (any kind)
-Water (equal parts with cheese)
-Any Cheese That melts (equal parts -with water)

-Milk 2% (to taste/consistency)
-Tomato Paste
-Oregano (to taste)
-Salt (to taste)
-Butter (to taste)

Suggested ingredients (all to your taste):

Step 1: Heat water in medium sauce pan.  I would start with about 2 cups (about half of how much sauce you want), and wait for it to eat up, not boiling though. (Always cook the sauce first it will come out better if it’s on the stove for a while)

Step 2: While you wait for it to heat up grate your favorite kind of cheese, or if you are like me and hate grating cheese you can slice it up if you like. I used cheddar cheese because that is what we had, but you can use more than one kind if you want. I would use enough cheese so that the water is a little thin, you may have to experiment start out with equal parts though.  When the water is heated up pour the cheese in and whisk it together until melted. Turn the heat down to low now.

Step 3 (optional):  I put onions* and garlic* in my sauce.  Cook those on the side in a pan with some butter. Cook all the way make sure not to burn them though, especially the garlic. (don’t forget about your cheese and water keep it mixed)

Step 4: Cook noodles in large pot with very salty water*.  I used spaghetti we had cooked and saved a few days ago lol. I made sure not to overcook the noodles also, keep checking it and drain it right when it’s cooked all the way.

*this is after I added the tomato paste*
Step 5:  After stirring the water and cheese for about 5 minutes (just until all melted and well blended) add milk.  You can pour in as little or as much as you want, but start off with about a half a cup you can always add cheese or flour* if you add too much milk, it will still come out good if the proportions aren't perfect.

Step 6: Add whatever extra ingredients you want (I added my garlic and onions) and oregano.  I like a lot of oregano but you can decide how much I put in about five good shakes.

Step 7: When your pasta is cooked and drained pour the pasta back into the pan you cooked it in with half a stick to a full stick of butter (enough to coat pasta).  You can keep the heat on low if you have trouble mixing the butter and noodles together.  Leave it and continue whisking cheese sauce until well blended.
Step 8: Add a jar of tomato paste.  I only had one can but I wouldn’t mind adding maybe half of another one, again it is up to you and what you like. After you added tomato paste whisk the sauce and add milk and cheese to your liking.  I like to keep the sauce on the stove for a really long time but that isn’t necessary if you are in a hurry, you can mix it until it is just blended if you would like.

here is my end result:
Step 9: I always keep my sauce and pasta separate until I eat it so grab a bowl of plain noodles and pour sauce on top.  I keep them refrigerated separately also, the butter will keep the noodles from sticking together when it’s in the fridge. 
Mistakes I Made:

-I cut myself on the lid of the tomato paste
-I forgot to cook the onions and garlic first and just added them to the sauce right away.  It came out OK but I think it would be better to cook them first.
-I was experimenting and adding as I was going and I ended up with a ton of extra sauce.
2 servings
*Remember always note your mistakes so the next time you make something it turns out perfect.

If you have a problem or any questions just ask and let me know how you like it :)

Some Helpful Tips:

*I used 1 clove of garlic; the easiest way to cut garlic is to:
1: Use large cook knife, place clove of garlic on cutting board and lay your knife flat on top of the clove BE CAREFUL and place your palm on the flat part of the knife on top of clove.
2: Press the clove with your palm and knife hard, it will be easy now to peel off the skin, make sure to cut the “woody” part at the end and cut garlic into small pieces it will be easier to cut since it's crushed :).
Grandpa Joe

*very salty water: Always add salt to the water when you're cooking pasta.  Be careful not to put too much, but once you boil pasta it is hard to add salt to it. (My grandpas reasoning anyway lol)

I added flour to my sauce but that is a preference, be careful about adding flour because the sauce can come out with a weird texture, if you want your sauce to be thicker I would suggest adding more tomato paste.

*I prefer white onions in all my cooking but it is your own preference.  White onions just have a clean taste.


candoor said...

you are just a little too cute (that is a tease and compliment as no one can be too cute) in the way you describe cooking, you ought to write a recipe book... i'm sure it helps that the ingredients in this dish are some of my favorite foods cooked just the way you described them... i am hungry now and it's much too late for that so good night :)

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