CREAMY MACARONI & CHEESE

1
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.

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

How to Make CREAMY MACARONI & CHEESE

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.

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About CREAMY MACARONI & CHEESE

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides