The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Good Stuff from the Kitchen

A few nights ago I made this yummmmmy mac n' cheese with ham. It was so good! Pea ate the leftovers morning, noon, and night til they were gone!

Mac n' Cheese Recipe (for Carey)
(adapted from Cooking Light's Creamy Four-Cheese Macaroni recipe)
Yeild: 8 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 54 minutes

3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (I used whole wheat rotini)
1/3 c all-purpose flour
2 2/3 c 1% milk
3/4 c (3 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 c (2 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 c (2 oz) shredded extrasharp Cheddar cheese
3 oz light processed cheese (like Velveeta)
1/4 t salt
(I threw in Canadian bacon we had laying around, maybe 1-2 oz cut up)
Cooking spray (like PAM)
1/3 c crushed onion Melba toasts (I used multigrain crackers)
1 T butter, softened

Cook pasta according to package direction, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Preheat oven to 375.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a large saucepan. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended.
Cook over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly.
(I actually made this recipe twice in a row and the second time I used
the hot pot from the pasta and it worked much better than the cold pot I used
the first time.) Add cheeses; cook 3 minutes or until cheese melts,
stirring frequently. Remove cheese mixture from heat; stir in cooked pasta
and salt (and ham, if using).

Spoon mixture into a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Combine crushed toasts and butter; stir until well blended. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

This morning I made these cupcakes for Pea's school Christmas party. I had a lot of fun and they look great. And, I have to say, I have the world's BEST frosting recipe! MMMMMMMM!

The frosting recipe is top secret, though. Sorry!


Sarah said...

They do look yummy! Care to share the recipe?? I've been trying out different frosting recipes and haven't found one I care for all that much. :)

Anonymous said...

can you share the mac'n cheese recipe? I'm always trying to find a good one.
(mom to Peter from Liberia)

andreawilliams said...

Yummo!! I will be over next time you cook it. Oh wait, you could make it for us during our girls weekend at the beach!

Anonymous said...

My kids will love this, will def. try too, I'm a slave to macc n cheese, and chocolate too! Love, Denise

Tarah said...

Your recipe looks very similar to mine. I add onion powder and dry mustard to the cheese mix. :) yummy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

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