Below, I'll go into the recipe for a basic mac & cheese using this technique and then a few ways you can "dress it up" with other ingredients. But I have to stress that mac & cheese is a basic canvas. Get creative and try whatever you want! If you're trying to keep carbs in line, don't have this more than once a week, and consider one of the high-fiber, high-protein pastas that have a lower glycemic index.
- 2 tbsp canola or peanut oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups pasta (more if it's a large shell or the like)
- 1 cup cheddar or other flavorful cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup cream cheese cut into small cubes
- salt & pepper to taste