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I loved macaroni and cheese growing up. I ate it in any shape or form. Out of a box, in a box, brand name, generic name, but oooooh Great Grandma’s! Now that was the best of the best. Great Grandma’s mac ‘n’ cheese. Ummm, Ummm! It makes me lick my lips as I type this. Spending the summers with my great grandparents was always a treat. They lived in a very tiny town so I had the free reign to roam the streets for endless hours….because IF I ever did anything that resembled mischief (MEEE? I think not :) Myrtle, Phyllis, Gertrude, Mr. George…were always there with peering eyes, ready to call Great Grandma letting her know my status.
Anyway, back to her Mac ‘n’ Cheese…. Everyday I woke up to the 8 o’clock town whistle. Yep, this town blew a large horn indicating when it was 8 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. After having my breakfast, dancing in place while I placed my dishes in the sink, Grandma would ask me what Bonita and I would like for lunch (Bonita, was my dear friend) and everyday I answered, “Mac ‘n’ Cheese Grandma, Mac ‘n’ Cheese!” I don’t know why she even asked, it was my daily request. She then told me to go outside and play and play is just what I did! I was a tomboy at heart and it was common to find me up a tree or sitting in a mud puddle. Come the 12 noon whistle, we were ready for lunch. Bonita and I would come a’ running through the doors and hastily swing ourselves on to the dinning room chairs, giddy, chattering about our adventures and ready for our favorite dish. Grandma made her Mac ‘n’ Cheese from scratch and it always had extra cheese sauce remaining in the bottom of the bowl when all the noodles were gone. After slurping up that last noodle, we raised our bowls as if toasting one another, and licked our bowls clean. Wiped our chins and we were off running!
Goodness, I got a bit carried away in my story there, sorry about that. I was transported back in time. :) So as I was making this recipe, I was flooded with these wonderful memories. This sauce doesn’t quite taste like Great Grandma’s did but the process of creating this cheesy sauce was enough to remind of those good ole’ days. It would be awesome as a dip too, just omit the water.
For my noodles I used zucchini. I have two different spiralizers that I use, but you don’t have to own one to make zucchini noodles. You can simply just use your potato peeler. Below, you will see some of the different types of noodles that you can make.
Recipe adapted from: The Raw Project
Ingredients: yields 2 cups
Making noodles using a potato peeler, and two different spiralizers.
Angel Hair Pasta – I used the Joyce Chen 51-0662 Saladacco Spiral Slicer.
Noodles above were made with the World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer.
These noodles were also made with World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer just a different blade.
For this one, I used a potato peeler. I continually turned the zucchini in circles as I peeled away until I reached the center. You don’t want to make noodles out of the seeds.