CREAMY MACARONI & CHEESE

Teresa Howell

By
@geoter1968

I MADE THIS FOR MY FAMILY AND THEY LOVED IT AND IT'S SO CREAMY AND NOW THEY WANT ME TO MAKE FOR EVERY FAMILY GATHERING.


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Rating:
★★★★★ 3 votes
Comments:
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
55 Min

Ingredients

1 lb
cavatappi pasta, uncooked
1/4 c
kosher salt
3
eggs beaten
1 1/2 c
buttermilk
1 1/2 c
half and
2 1/2 c
sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 c
muenster cheese, grated
2 c
smoked cheddar, grated
2 c
pepper jack cheese, grated
1 stick
unsalted butter, melted
3/4 tsp
grand diamond all purpose seasoning
1 c
crumbled cooked bacon

Step-By-Step

1PREHEAT OVEN TO 375 DEGREES.BRING 2 1/2 QUARTS OF WATER TO A BOIL IN A LARGE POT OVER HIGH HEAT.

2ADD 1/4 CUP OF KOSHER SALT TO THE POT OF BOILING WATER. ADD CAVATAPPI TO THE BOILING SALTED WATER AND STIR SO THE PASTA DOESN'T STICK.

3COOK THE PASTA FOR HALF OF THE TIME THAT IS GIVEN ON BACK OF PASTA BOX. ONCE DONE, DRAIN AND SET ASIDE. COMPLETELY MELT THE BUTTER IN A SMALL SAUCE PAN OVER MEDIUM -LOW HEAT.

4IN A VERY LARGE BOWL, WHISK THE EGGS UNTIL SLIGHTLY BEATEN. ADD THE BUTTERMILK AND HALF AND HALF TO THE EGGS AND WHISK FOR ABOUT A MINUTE JUST TO COMBINE.

5NEXT, ADD 2 CUPS OF THE CHEDDAR CHEESE (RESERVE 1/2 CUP FOR TOPPING), PEPPER JACK CHEESE, MUENSTER CHEESE AND SMOKED CHEDDAR CHEESE.

6ADD THE PASTA, MELTED BUTTER AND GRAND DIAMOND ALL PURPOSE SEASONING TO THE MIXURE. MIX WELL USING A LARGE SPOON.

7PREPARE A 9 X 11 GLASS BAKING DISH BY SPRAYING IT WITH NONSTICK COOKING SPRAY. POUR THE MIXTURE INTO THE DISH AND SPREAD OUT EVENLY. TOP WITH THE LAST 1/2 CUP OF CHEDDAR CHEESE. BAKE FOR 50 TO 55 MINUTES, THEN TOP WITH CRUMBLE COOKED BACON.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides