Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fastest Mac-N-Cheese Ever

1 1/2 C. Macaroni pasta (Rigatoni is also good)
1 C. Extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded, Tillamook is my fav)
3/4 C. Parmigiano Reggiano (shredded)
1 C. Small curd cottage cheese
1/2 C. Evaporated milk
1 C. Sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste (can also add some cayenne for a bit of zip)
1 C. Bread Crumbs (crushed Ritz crackers are actually better, if you have a couple extra minutes)
1/4 C. butter

  • Boil macaroni, drain, set aside
  • Spray a 9x13 pan with Pam
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter and mix in the bread crumbs, set aside
  • Pour macaroni and ALL other ingredients into the baking pan
  • Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the dish
  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes
  • Broil for 2 minutes to harden the crust on top (alternate step, do only if desired)
If your really feeling lazy, this bakes just fine in one of those throwaway metal pans you can pick up at the supermarket. Just bake it, serve it, toss the sticky pan out when your done. Because anyone who has ever made mac-n-cheese of any kind knows that the bitch of it is the clean-up. And by that I mean, after you spend 30 minutes working the baking pan over with some steel wool, you will be very bitchy.
Lastly, you can exercise all the normal options with this recipe, like adding meat, or heat, or anything else you may want.

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