Wednesday, March 26, 2008

two mac n cheese recipes

haven't tried them yet ... but pilfered them off the internet. thought i'd share them here ..

Snow Family Mac 'n' Cheese
1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
3 T organic butter
3 T flour
2 C organic milk
1/2 t saltdash pepper
2 C grated organic cheddar cheese
2-4 organic roma tomatoes—sliced
1 C bread crumbs
Instructions:Cook pasta until firm.Melt butter. Blend in flour. Wisk in milk.Cook at medium until thick.Add salt and pepper and 1 1/2 cups cheese.Stir to melt.Place cooked macaroni in greased baking dish.Pour sauce in. Top with sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with cheese and bread crumbs.Brush 13x9x2-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with oil.Serve with mixed greens or salad.

Here's the second one ....
It makes a lot for just the 4 of us, so I often freeze the leftovers. I take the leftovers and mix it up with a can of organic diced tomatoes with basil and oregano to give it more moisture for reheating later.Famous Mac & Cheese- I have always been asked for this recipe and never before made it available in print to share.

12oz. box of Penne or Ziti pasta
2 Tab. butter
1 clove of garlic, minced
¼ C onion, diced
2 Tab. flour
½ tsp. dry mustard (can also use any prepared variety)
¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 C milk
2-C shredded sharp cheddar Cheese
1-C swiss cheese, shredded (Gruyere is also great!)

Topping:¼ C seasoned dry breadcrumbs
¼ C freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Lightly grease a 2-½ qt casserole dish. Bring unsalted water to boil, add pasta. Cook to al dente (6-8 minutes). Drain, rinse and set aside.In a large saucepan, melt the butter over moderately high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4 minutes until tender. Stir in the garlic, flour, mustard, & pepper sauce. Cook for 1 minute until bubbly; do not allow to burn. Gradually whisk in the milk and cook. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes until thickened.Add the cheeses and stir for another 5 minutes until the consistency is smooth and melted. Remove from heat, and add the pasta. Toss coating well.Spoon into casserole dish. Liberally sprinkle with topping mixture, pat with a touch of butter. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, (until golden brown and bubbly). My Grandmother enjoyed using Paprika on top for extra color too.

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