Procrastination Macaroni & Cheese

In one of my classes a few girls were talking about their favorite procrastination tactics for big projects and the conversation came around to cooking.  Someone brought up macaroni and cheese.  She said that for her, procrastination involves cooking a box of mac and cheese and eating it in small portions, adding different things to each portion until she had worked her way through the box.

Now, eating a whole box of macaroni and cheese isn’t exactly a low calorie way to study, but it happens to be my favorite procrastination tool as well.  Except that I waste even more time by cooking it from scratch.  In procrastination, lack of efficiency is key.

Basic Procrastination Macaroni & Cheese

1-2 c. macaroni noodles

1 T butter

1 T flour

1/2 – 3/4 c milk

cheese (any kind you like, whatever amount pleases you)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Boil the macaroni.  Drain and set aside.  While the macaroni is boiling make a roux by heating flour and butter in a pot.  Continue to move the roux around the pot with a spatula until it becomes a beautiful caramel brown color.  Mix in milk and slowly bring to a boil, whisking frequently.  Let boil and thicken for 2-3 min. then remove from heat.  Add cheese, salt, and pepper and mix well.  Combine with noodles.

Additional Procrastination tips:

Put the finished product into a baking pan, top with a mixture (1:1) of breadcrumbs and melted butter and bake at 350F for 20+ minutes (see first picture).

Stir in a spoonful of vodka sauce (see second picture).

Add cooked chicken or vegetables.

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