Family Meal Makeover: Mac & cheese with mushrooms for everyone's schedule

Learn to divide prep work and cooking time, much like Jane and Peter Bedard, for effortless weeknight macaroni and cheese with mushrooms for added nutrition.

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Family Meal Makeover: Macaroni & Cheese with Mushrooms
Test Kitchen Senior Food Specialist Soo Kim coaches dinnertime team work between Jane and Peter Bedard. Watch as they split kitchen duties to make a superb homestyle mac and cheese supper that's easy for the kids to reheat on a busy night.

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Great tips from this video:
  • Split the prep work and cooking duties with another family member for a homemade meal with half the effort.
  • Combine Parmesan cheese with bread crumbs to make a tasty topping for casseroles or baked pasta dishes.

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Video recipe: Macaroni & Cheese with Mushrooms

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Preparation time:
 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes: 6 portions

Ingredients
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
1 onion, chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups (500 mL) halved mushrooms
3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) milk
2 tsp (10 mL) Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
2-1/2 cups (625 mL) shredded old Cheddar cheese
3 cups (750 mL) macaroni
Topping:
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh bread crumbs
1/3 cup (75 mL) grated Parmesan Cheese

Preparation
In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, thyme and garlic, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Gradually whisk in milk; cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese until smooth. Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and add to sauce; toss to coat. Discard thyme. Transfer to large ovenproof dish.

Topping: Combine bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Broil until browned, about 2 minutes.


Catch up on all four episodes with the Bedard family where they discover red pepper hummus wraps, stovetop macaroni and DIY pizza with homemade dough.

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