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Bothered by the food restrictions when getting braces? This family favorite goes great with dental work! As long as you cook the macaroni until it is soft and savory, you won’t have to worry about anything wrecking your brackets and wires.

-1 package macaroni (8-9 oz.)
-3 cups thin white sauce (see below)
-¼ to ½ pound grated cheese
-1 tablespoon grated onion
-½ teaspoon dry mustard
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
-½ cup buttered crumbs
-A dash of paprika

Cook macaroni; drain and rinse.

Combine hot white sauce, grated cheese, onion, mustard and Worcestershire sauce, reserving a little of the grated cheese for topping. Add macaroni. Place in a greased casserole. Top with buttered crumbs, remaining cheese and a dash of paprika.

Bake in a moderate oven (375° Fahrenheit) about 25 minutes or until browned. Makes 6-8 servings.


-3 tablespoons butter
-2 tablespoons flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-¼ teaspoon pepper
-2 cups milk

Melt butter over low heat; add flour, salt and pepper; stir until well blended. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in milk and return to heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth. Makes 2 cups.

If you would like more information about foods that do well with braces, call Dr. John R. Schouten and our helpful team at Schouten Orthodontics in Springville, Utah. Phone: 801.491.9372.