Macaroni and Cheese - A Guilty Pleasure
Check out these recipes from one of my favorite hubbers....
- Southern Cooking- Baked Macaroni and Cheese and Dunbar Macaroni
Southern-style Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and the best thing to do with leftovers- Dunbar Macaroni.
The Secret Ingredient...
Yes, it is kind of bad for you.
That's why it tastes so good.
A real crowd-pleaser, everyone will want the recipe.
If you are worried about the fat and calories, remember:
It's supposed to be a side dish.
Liz's Favorite Mac and Cheese
3 cups penne pasta (2 cups if you like it extra creamy)
1/4 c butter
2 Tbsp flour, sifted
2 1/2 c milk or half and half (room temp)
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, cubed
8 oz shredded cheese- your choice (extra-sharp cheddar is my favorite)
1 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
seasoned bread crumbs for topping
Cook pasta until not quite al dente, (a little undercooked is better, it will cook more in the oven) Drain well and toss with small amount of butter to lightly coat. Set aside
In medium saucepan on low heat, melt butter. Slowly add flour, mixture will thicken a bit.
Stir in milk, a little at a time, to prevent lumps. When mixture is smooth, stir in shredded cheese.
When cheese is melted and smooth, add cream cheese, stirring constantly. Add ground mustard, salt and pepper and mix well.
Remove from heat and fold in cooked pasta. Pour into buttered casserole dish.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir gently to make sure all pasta is coated inside and out.
Top with bread crumbs and return to oven. Bake (uncovered) another 20 min.
note...It may seem as if you have too much cheese sauce and not enough pasta, but as it bakes, the pasta really soaks up the sauce.
"The Banquet of the Gods"..... somebody made mac and cheese!
You can personalize this recipe by playing with the spices, cheese, and toppings.
Make a one-of-a kind dish by adding what you have on hand....
your own signature mac-n-cheese!
You may want to try:
Cayenne or Hot Pepper Sauce
Spicy brown or Dijon mustard instead of ground mustard
Nutmeg ( I leave out the mustard and use white cheddar)
Crumbled cooked bacon
Diced veggies.... broccoli,(great with bacon), bell pepper, sun-dried tomato
Top with shredded cheese and leave out the bread crumbs.... place under broiler for a few minutes (after fully baking the macaroni and cheese) until slightly brown and bubbly.....oh yeah!