“Grown Up” Mac and Cheese

Who said that Mac and Cheese is only for kids? Mac and cheese is known for its quick and fulfilling, somewhat nutritious meal for kids, as the TV commercial says. But, I crave mac and cheese every now and then, especially when I’m traveling somewhere. It just does not fail that my taste buds miss their comfort food. So, after our return from an almost 2 weeks of vacation, I craved for mac and cheese. I decided to make a “grown up” version of it. Here is the recipe I have compiled, which I put different kinds of cheese. I love cheese! Go ahead, give it a try and see if you like it. I am open to any suggestions… You can also add veggies and any kind of meat to it. I usually diced ham and mix into it, but this time, I only make it with cheese.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
2-3 tbps butter
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup and additional 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 cup of small curd cottage cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup of bread crumbs

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the oil and the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain well and return to cooking pot.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter; stir into the macaroni.

In a large bowl, combine all the cheeses mix well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Add the half and half, and eggs to macaroni; mix together and season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a lightly greased deep 2 1/2 quart casserole dish.

Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese mixture, and bread crumbs.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until hot and bubbling around the edges; serve.

Enjoy!

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Yummmmmmmmmm 🙂

  2. Oh I really need a bowl right now! Bored and hungry in LA. 🙂 This looks irresistible!

    • Thanks Geni! Make some.. it was very good! 🙂 Just make sure to be generous on the cheeses!!


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