7 CHEESE GOURMET CHEDDAR MAC

Rose Mary Mogan

By
@cookinginillinois

Other than potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese is my husbands next favorite side dish. In order not to disappoint, I am forever trying to create new ways to make it. I already have 4 recipes posted for Mac & Cheese & this is my 5th. I am glad it was a winner too. because he really enjoyed this one.

He loved it so much he even suggested the name. This is a side that you can only eat on a special occasion or once in a while as it is not calorie friendly. Once in awhile is okay as long as you eat it in moderation if you can withstand the temptation. I created it from what I had on hand in the fridge.


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Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
8 or more depending on portion size
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

1/2 box
elbow macaroni, cooked al dente or firm (8 ounces)
1/4 stick
butter (2 tbs.)
8 oz
cream cheese, cubed, softened room temperature
1/2 c
evaporated milk
1/2 c
heavy whipping cream,
2 large
eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 Tbsp
yellow mustard
1/4 c
chopped chive (freeze dried)
2 tsp
coarse ground black pepper plus extra for top if desired
1 c
monterey jack cheese cut into small cubes
3/4 c
shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c
grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 c
shredded cheddar cheese- divided
4 slices swiss cheese (cut into triangles for top) optional + chopped chive
1/2 c
gourmet cheddar cheese powder (optional)

Step-By-Step

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1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook macaroni according to directions on box for al dente or firm, I cooked mine for 7 minutes. Drain. PLEASE NOTE I PURPOSELY DID NOT ADD SALT TO RECIPE BECAUSE OF SODIUM IN THE VARIOUS CHEESES.

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2Add to large bowl or pot, then add the cream cheese and butter. STIR TO MIX WHILE HOT. Note I had cooked mine earlier & reheated in microwave.

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3Add the evaporated milk, eggs, heavy cream, yellow mustard, chive and black pepper to a medium bowl or large measuring cup, and beat or whisk until all ingredients are blended together.

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4Add the gourmet cheddar powder and stir to blend , NOTE: BEFORE I DISCOVERED THAT I COULD ORDER THIS ITEM FROM AMAZON, I WOULD BUY CHEAP MACARONI & CHEESE BOXES AND USE THAT. I NOW ORDER IN THE LARGE SIZE FROM AMAZON. It is optional if you don't have it.

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5Cube the Monterey Jack cheese then add to bowl and stir to mix.

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6Add the remaining cheeses, reserving 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar for top, & EXCLUDING THE SWISS SLICES and stir to blend together. Spray a medium size casserole dish with non stick cooking spray, then pour in Mac & cheese.

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7Sprinkle with additional Black Pepper & chopped chive if desired.

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8Cut the Swiss cheese into triangles and add to top of Macaroni & remaining shredded cheddar, then sprinkle with chopped chive if desired.
Place in preheated 350 degree F. oven and Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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9Remove from oven & allow to rest about 10 minutes then serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy