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Macaroni and Cheese: the Ultimate Comfort Food

January 3, 2010

It’s Sunday evening. The Monday doldrums have started to set in. As the winter sun sets, you contemplate the age-old question: what’s for dinner?

Nothing is more satisfying than that most American of culinary favorites: macaroni and cheese.  Beloved by folks from two to 92, mac ‘n cheese can put a smile on anyone’s face.

Sad that a huge part of the population has only eaten the powdered stuff from the famous blue box!

Here is my favorite macaroni and cheese recipe.  It was one of the first dishes I prepared in my mother’s kitchen and no matter what I change or add when experimenting with this timeless favorite, I find that this recipe is both reliable and delicious.

So put on some music!  Pour yourself a nice glass of whatever makes you happy, and prepare some good old-fashioned macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight. Add mixed fruit as a side dish (mango, melon, strawberries, peaches) and an entree–and dinner’s ready!

Ani’s Old-Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

8 oz  elbow macaroni; cooked
4 cups  shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. freshly ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
3/4 ts Salt
3  Eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk

Method

Rinse cooked macaroni in cool water in a colander; set aside to drain.

Shred 4 cups of  cheddar cheese;  place in large mixing bowl.  Add 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, and 3/4 tsp salt. In separate bowl, crack eggs and whisk well.  Add to cheese mixture.  Fold together.

Add drained elbow macaroni, carefully blending together with a large wooden spoon or spatula.  Pour into a greased (with butter) 2-quart casserole. Place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven.

After 30 minutes, cover the casserole with aluminum foil and return to the oven for about 15-20 more minutes (time will vary from oven to oven).  Remove casserole from oven and let sit for up to ten minutes before serving.

While the casserole is cooling, set the table and finish any meal prep. Get ready for the compliments. You’re gonna be a star!

©Carolina Shortcut Chef

For a recipe made with cheddar and mozarella, check here:

http://asweetfantasy.blogspot.com/2007/08/baked-macaroni-cheese.html

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