How to Make Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Two recipes for creamy homemade macaroni and cheese – classic and deluxe – made from scratch. Essential comfort food for all.

A friend recently asked me for my homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, after a meal we shared together. Our combined six children had made short work of the baked casserole – no surprise there!

It was then I realized that I never use a recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese. I always cook by instinct – béchamel + pasta + cheese – each time adapting the recipe to use what I have on hand.

Well, it’s high time I share my method for homemade macaroni and cheese here on the blog. This has felt like the longest March absolutely ever and comfort food has seldom been so necessary.

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Classic Beef Stew with Root Vegetables

A simple, classic beef stew with root vegetables, full of flavour and served up family style.

This dish really needs very little introduction. It’s a big pot of comforting beef stew, featuring a good balance of meat and vegetables.

Two cookbooks and a decade of recipe writing, I’ve never shared a beef stew recipe. Why now? Because my children are asking for my method and I’m finally putting it down in writing.

Stew should be simple, and this one is just that, with a whole lot of well-rounded flavour.

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Simple Butter Chicken with Chickpeas

A simple stovetop butter chicken recipe, rounded out with chickpeas and served with basmati rice. A comforting family meal from the whole foods pantry.

There are a few recipes I turn to in the winter months both for their ease of preparation and popularity score around the family table.

It’s a bonus if I can make a double batch and it’s just as tasty – or better – after being frozen. Today’s recipe checks all of those boxes.

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Creamy Beef Stroganoff Soup

What’s keeping us warm this winter? This comforting creamy beef stroganoff soup. You can make it in minutes and only dirty one pot.

A beautiful new cookbook arrived on my doorstep shortly after the holidays and was immediately transported to the kitchen, where it hasn’t left since.

Today, Jan Scott, friend of Simple Bites, releases into the world Oven to Table: Over 100 One-Pot and One-Pan Recipes for Your Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More. It’s a passionate ode to home cooking without an ounce of pressure, written by an author who has logged many hours at the stove – and has figured out a thing or two along the way.

I’ve been a fan of one-pan/pot cooking for a while but was in need of new inspiration. Jan shares my passion for family food, writing the popular blog Family Bites, and we often find ourselves cooking the same dishes at the exact same time. I feel like Oven to Table was written specifically for me and I know you’ll find it relatable too.

The future of family food is this brilliantly creative and approachable cookbook. Read on to see what I’ve cooked from Oven to Table so far, and get the recipe for Creamy Beef Stroganoff Soup.

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A Stir-Fried Tofu Recipe Kids Will Eat (and love)

This feels like a quick little recipe that I should just tack onto a social media post or something, but I intentionally want to let it live here on the blog.

Why? Because this is a method you’re going to want to reference all the time – especially when the family gets hooked on tofu. This is the gateway recipe that finally solidified my kid’s acceptance of tofu – so it’s a big deal!

For a good long while now we’ve been consciously trying to eat less meat and I’ve had to look elsewhere for our protein. No problem: we love lentils, embraced the year of the pulse, and eggs have always been a mainstay. Tofu was always an ingredient that I really enjoyed but no one else really got excited about – until now.

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