Last night's creamy parmesan orzo was my inspiration for a fast and easy mac and cheese. My husband declared this recipe his new favorite mac and cheese recipe! The only negative aspect of this recipe is that it isn't visually appealing (in my husband's words "it looks like jailhouse slop"...hehe...but that was before he tried it and then he took it back!)...it doesn't have the same mouthful of the classic elbow pasta that is usually asked for in recipes but the taste and creamy texture made up for the lack of it...sometimes my experimenting pays off!
Super Fast and Easy Mac and Cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup orzo
1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 cup (8 ounces) grated sharp cheddar cheese
Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add orzo, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, water, salt, pepper, dry mustard, and cayenne; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and orzo is done (about 15-18 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in cheese immediately and stir vigorously until cheese is fully melted. Serve immediately.