While most of the Scouting community was living up the adventure at CJ2017 the 6th St. Thomas Cub Pack hosted their friends from the BSA Troop 582 from Rogers Minnesota! On Saturday night after a long day on a bus visiting the many sites and attractions in the city we sat down to Bahgeera’s Best! A Build your Own Mac and Cheese Bar! Home made cheddar cheese sauce over macaroni noodles with an arrangement of toppings to add for your own personal touch! There was Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Green onions and More! It was Warm and filling after a long day of activity!
Bagheera’s Best Mac and Cheese!
1 pound pasta, any shape
1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 to 3 cups shredded cheese, like old cheddar, I like a really sharp cheese for the punch!
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard
A selection of Toppings to add: Bacon, Ham, Ground beef(Taco?), salsa, veggies etc! only your imagination is your limit.
Boil the pasta: Bring about 4 quarts of water to a boil over high heat in the pasta pot. Add the pasta and a tablespoon of salt. Cook until the pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Warm the milk: When the pasta has finished cooking, prepare the cheese sauce. Begin warming 1 cup of the milk in the saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and the flour until there are no lumps. When you just start to see tendrils of steam rising from the warming milk, whisk in the milk-and-flour mixture. Continue whisking gently until the milk thickens slightly to the consistency of heavy cream, 3 to 4 minutes.
Make the cheese sauce: Turn the heat to low and begin mixing handfuls of cheese into the milk. Stir in the salt and mustard. Stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Remove the sauce from heat.
Scoop some noodles into a bowl, pour the sauce over top and let the Cubs add what they want! WIN WIN!
I Like to make the Sauce and Noodles ahead of time and take to camp with me to reheat but this can easily be done on a camp stove or over a fire just be careful, milk will burn fast if the heat is too high or you are not stirring it enough! To reheat the noodles you can just put them into a colander and dunk it into a pot of hot water till the noodles are hot enough to serve!
I wish I had more pictures to showcase but 36 hungry kids kept me busy!
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