Baked Macaroni and Cheese

dan is preaching at city of peace this afternoon, so we have been hanging out at home all morning. dan has been working on his sermon and i've been doing laundry and making a grocery list while the girls watched blues clues. and while lunch was in the oven we all played uno together. sylviana, the cook at cafe forever, makes this great macaroni and cheese and i've been wanting to try it out at home. it has this great crust on top that gives it a nice crunch. it was delicious! andi especially liked it. if it doesn't look like macaroni in the picture, it's because i had to use a different pasta shape, the grocery store was out of macaroni when i went. here's the recipe...

...recipe sylviana's creation
double cream (aboutr 2 cups)
sour cream
mild cheddar cheese, grated
red leicester cheese, grated
garlic italian pasta spice blend
freshly ground pepper
bread crumbs
macaroni, cook according the the package directions

before i start with the instructions i'll explain a few of the ingredients first. i don't think you can get double cream in the states. the closest thing to it would be heavy whipping cream, but double cream is thicker. red leicester cheese is similar to cheddar and gives the dish a good color. if you can't find it i would use a sharp cheddar. the garlic italian pasta blend is just a spice blend that you can get here, i'm sure you could find something similar.

heat the cream in a medium sauce pan. gradually add the cheese, stirring until melted and combined, reserving some cheese for sprinkling on the top. sprinkle in the spice blend and pepper. grease a 13 x 9 inch bakind dish. put the cooked pasta in the dish and pour the cheese sauce over the pasta to cover completely. sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top and then sprinkle with bread crumbs. place in a 450 F oven and bake until crispy on top and bubbly.


Anonymous sue passerelli said...

Hi Somer,
I've been out of the loop for a few days, so I'm just now looking at your postings for last week. Your cake looks GREAT! I tried to decorate a cake one time - it takes too much concentration for me. Good job on yours.

The baked mac & cheese looks great. We love it here, so I'll give your recipe a try. Always nice to add a different touch to an old stand-by.

2:58 AM  
Blogger Dan Passerelli said...

Thus stuff really was good. It was great the second day too - with a slab of thickly sliced & buttered bread. Julian and I polished off most of the leftovers for lunch.
I would add one additional optional ingredient:
Tobasco. The zesty tang goes well with the creamy richness of the mac & cheese. (True, I think the zesty tang of Tobasco goes well with just about anything).

11:04 PM  

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