I have been on the hunt for an easy mac n cheese recipe for years. I found one that is satisfactory. I have decided that I will use it frequently BUT I will continue to experiment so I can have multiple options in my arsenal. In order to do a “quick” mac n cheese, people kept telling me to use velveeta; but something didn’t sit right with me…it tastes ok but it’s not real cheese! The following recipe was adapted from Tia Mowry’s YouTube tutorial (link below)
Ingredients: Cavatappi (so much better than elbow), half and half, Guyere, mild cheddar, butter, cream cheese, 1 egg (not pictured), salt and pepper
I got the cheeses from Trader Joe’s. I apologize in advance, I’m not great at measurements. Shred the cheeses (about 2 cups total) and put in a bowl. Then cube/tear the cheeses, about 1/2 c.
Preheat oven to 375 and grease a casserole dish with olive oil.
Boil water in a pot and cook 2-3 cups of cavatappi (follow the cooking instructions on the box). When finished, drain and set aside.
In a separate large frying pan/ wok type pan, melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter. Keep on a low heat. Add the cubed cheeses and constantly stir. Next, add about 1 c of half and half.
Keep stirring and add salt and pepper. Add the egg into the mixture and keep the heat low. Add the cooked pasta and 3 tablespoons of cream cheese.
After mixing everything together, transfer 1/2 to the casserole dish. Put 1/2 the shredded cheese over it and then layer the rest of the pasta on top.
Finally, add the rest of the shredded cheese on top and put it in the oven
Put in oven for at least 45 min or until top is golden.
Sooo cheesy and soooo good.
Here is the link to Tia’s channel:
And here’s the link to my fave 2017 Christmas song:
Santa’s Coming for Us – Sia
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!