Many of you know my grandma is the cook of all cooks. It's often so very hard to please her at some of the finest restaurants because she knows she could make it better. In an attempt to have her spend a few more days in Albuquerque with us, my sister and I offered to cook for Sunday dinner.
My sister laid out a pretty extensive menu: roast and beans, grilled hot links, corn on the cob, cornbread, cake, fresh fruit and more. I decided to make mac n cheese and lemon garlic butter roasted chicken. I'm so happy to be able to say dinner was great and Granny approved.
The story behind the Mac-n-Cheese
When I first got married, I once had a really yummy mac-n-cheese recipe that I found online. It was so good. Over 5 years later, I couldn't remember where I got that recipe so I started searching for a new one. I first found Monique over at A Diva Can Cook's recipe. Monique is amazing and I reference her blog alot. I wasn't completely happy the first time around because my peppercorn grinder had broken and I didn't season the cheese mixture well enough.
About a week after I first tried Monique's recipe I caught Tia Mowry's new show on the Cooking Channel and her husband Cory shared his "famous mac and cheese" recipe. I really liked the idea of creating a cheese mixture melt by slowly warming all the cheese and heavy cream in skillet to then mix in with your cooked pasta.
I found that turned out a lot better.
So...here's my trusted Mac and Cheese recipe:
1 box Macaroni noodles
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Medium Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Muenster Cheese
8 oz. Velveeta
1/2 cup Colby and Monterrey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 tblsp butter
Salt and Pepper
1. Cook the macaroni noodles in boiling water with salt until al dente
2. While noodles are boiling, shred one cup of sharp cheddar, one cup of medium cheddar, and one cup of muenster cheese
3. In a skillet, heat butter on low heat. Add all shredded cheese stirring slowly. Add blocks of velveeta cheese and continue to stir. Add heavy cream slowly stirring. Salt and pepper to taste
4. Once cheese is all melted and ooey gooey, crack the egg and stir it in to the cheese mix
5. Remove pasta from heat and thoroughly drain
6. Add half of the macaroni to a super cute dish, mix the cheese mixture in really good, add more noodles, mix more cheese, top with shredded colby and monterrey jack cheese, sprinkle with little dashes of paprika
7. Bake on 350 for 35 minutes
8. Enjoy the ooey goodness.
Let me know your favorite mac and cheese recipes and how this one turns out if you choose to try it. I'll be sharing the lemon garlic butter chicken recipe soon!