I have a confession to make. When Hope was two years old, I introduced her to a new food, that quickly became her favorite...Macaroni and Cheese. But not just any macaroni and cheese, it was the kind that comes in a blue box. She loved it! And every time we went to the grocery store, she would spot the blue box and scream "Mac-Cheese". Whenever I wasn't sure of what to make her for lunch or dinner, she would say "Mac-Cheese!" She was crazy about the stuff.
Fast forward to almost a year later, when we moved to Mexico. Sure, Hope liked the food that my suegra prepared for her, but she still wanted her Macaroni-and-cheese. This being a small town, far from the big city and large grocery stores, the little blue box was no where to be found. I did buy a few boxes of the different Mexican brands, but none of them came close to the yummy goodness of the stuff in the blue box.
Then began my desperate search for the perfect homemade version. Some were baked. Some had a bechamel sauce base. But still, I hadn't found a recipe that was pleasing to my little girls taste buds.
Finally, one day, I really didn't feel like making yet another bechamel sauce, so I decided to use a few shortcuts. I cooked my macaroni according to package directions. Then in a separate bowl, I melted a little bit of butter, added some Mexican Crema and a few slices of good ol' American cheese. To finish it off, I seasoned it with a little salt and pepper and presented it to Hope.
I waited with bated breath as she tasted her Mac-n-Cheese.
She turned to me with a very serious look, then flashed me the biggest smile and said, "Mommy, this is the BEST Mac-n-cheese!"
Coditos con Queso (Macaroni and Cheese)
- 6 to 8oz. elbow macaroni (I use 200 grams)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup Mexican Crema
- 6 slices American Cheese, cut in large pieces (make sure it's the good stuff!)
Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Pour the macaroni into a strainer to drain the hot water; set aside.
In the same pot you cooked the macaroni, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Stir in the Mexican Crema and the cheese.
Continue cooking, stirring often, until the cheese has melted completely.
Stir in the cooked macaroni. Season with salt and pepper.