Simple Mac n Cheese

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Finally, add the rest of the shredded cheese on top and put it in the oven

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Put in oven for at least 45 min or until top is golden.

Sooo cheesy and soooo good.

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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!!!

 

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