The Free Motion Quilting Project: Macaroni and Cheese

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Macaroni and Cheese

This is Josh for today's recipe, which is an easy and delicious macaroni and cheese. Once again this recipe is from Divas Can Cook.



Leah and James worked on the cheese part of this meal while I cooked the noodles. James decided to be super cool while stirring it all together:

Leah mentioned that this was the best mac and cheese she'd ever had. That's a pretty bold statement you'll have to test for yourself.
3 cups macaroni, uncooked
2 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
Salt & pepper
Paprika (optional)
1 cup smoked cheddar cheese, shredded (a must)
1 cup sharp cheddar (can use less if you don't like a sharp taste in your mac n cheese)
1 cup colby & monteray jack, shredded (cheese blend)

Preheat oven to 350.
Step 1.) Cook macaroni until al dente. (Look on the back of the box to see how long you need to cook your pasta for it to reach al dente texture. Do not overcook or you will have a mushy baked mac n cheese.) When pasta is done, drain and set aside.

Step 2.) In a large bowl, add milk, heavy cream & cheeses (except for the smoked cheddar). Stir to combine.

Step 3.) Taste the milk mixture and add salt & pepper until it has a good taste. This will help avoid having a plain, bland bake macaroni & cheese.

Step 4.) When you are content with the taste, add in the eggs. Stir well until combined.

Step 5.) Butter a 9 x 9 inch baking dish, and pour macaroni in.

Step 6.) Pour cheese mixture over macaroni & top with smoked cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with paprika and/or black pepper, if desired.

Step 7.) Bake for 35-45 minutes. Do not overbake. It may be a bit jiggly when you take it out of the oven. It will firm up as it cool.

Step 8.) Let cool for about 10-20 minutes to fully set.

6 comments:

  1. MMMMM....looks so awesome. Very close to my grandmother's recipe. The only mac and cheese I like is REAL mac and cheese like this...the kind you bake!

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  2. This looks yummy! I wish I could get my daughter to eat homemade mac n cheese. She only likes the day glow orange stuff. Of course, I haven't tried feeding it to her for over a year. Maybe it is time to try again!

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  3. Yumm! this looks really good and easier than the homemade mac and chesse I make. Just printed off recipe and will be trying this soon.

    Have a great day.

    Betsy

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  4. This recipe is just what I need on this 10 degree Ohio day! Thanks! (Not sure my heart thanks you, but what the hell, you only live once!)
    You better watch out with that J-Diddy! He's gonna break some hearts for sure!
    PS to Mrsblocko: My kids are the same way! More for us, right? ;)

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  5. This recipe is just what I need on this 10 degree Ohio day! Thanks! (Not sure my heart thanks you, but what the hell, you only live once!)
    You better watch out with that J-Diddy! He's gonna break some hearts for sure!
    PS to Mrsblocko: My kids are the same way! More for us, right? ;)

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  6. Homemade definitely beats the box junk I tell ya!!

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