Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Comfort Mac' N Cheese

Picky eater? Mature palate? Everyone's favorite Mac' N Cheese
 * It's so easy to make!
 * It can be made ahead of time!
 * It's great reheated!

Comfort Mac' N Cheese 
8-10 servings

6 Tbsp Butter (save 2 for topping)
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups milk
8 ounce cream cheese
8 - 12 ounce Velvetta cheese (cubed) Use the amount depending on the cheesiness you like.
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cups bread crumbs or cubed bread
2 Tbsp parsley 1 pound macaroni (small or large size)

1. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Remove from heat and rinse.
2. In a medium sauce pan, slowly melt 4 Tbsp of butter.
3. Slowly stir in the flour.
4. Gradually add the milk and bring to a boil stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes.
5. Reduce heat, add cheeses and salt and pepper.  Stir until cheeses melt.
6. Pour the sauce over the cooked macaroni and stir to coat well in a 9x13 glass dish.
7.  Melt remaining butter and toss with parsley and bread crumbs. ( I like cubes of bread)
8.  Sprinkle the bread mixture on top of the macaroni.
9.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes.

If you want to make this dish ahead of time, just mix the cheese sauce as directed and cook the macaroni as directed.  Rinse the macaroni extra well.  Refrigerate both components.  Top with the buttered bread crumbs, which can also be done ahead of time and refrigerated in a plastic bag.  Then bake a little longer, probably 30 minutes because the sauces are starting at a colder temperature.

For large crowds, this recipe works well in roasting pans or disposable aluminum foil pans.  The photo shown is one and a half times the recipe and served in a deeper casserole dish.  It's so flexible and so yummy.

This is the recipe I recently used to feed 350 and everyone raved about it and wanted the recipe.  So here it is.  Enjoy and share!

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