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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe & picture courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 oz. dry elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 2 to 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (cream cheese can be substituted)
  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble. Reserve bacon drippings in skillet.
  2. Cook onion in reserved bacon drippings for 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and place in a 1-1/2-quart casserole. Add the crumbled bacon, onions, 1-1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the blue cheese, half-and half, and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir gently. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes more or until top of casserole is brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes.

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Smashed Potato Soup

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 8 to 10 hours (low) or 4 to 5 hours (high)
Makes 8 servings

  • 3-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow and/or red sweet pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons bottled roasted garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • Sliced green onions ((optional)
  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine potatoes, sweet pepper, garlic, and black pepper. Pour broth over all.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Mash potatoes slightly with a potato masher. Stir in whipping cream, cheddar cheese, and the 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions. If desired, top individual servings with additional sliced green onions.

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Pesto Shrimp Mac & Cheese

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Serves 6
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 40 minutes

  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen medium shrimp in shells
  • 8 oz. dried elbow macaroni (2 cups)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded fontina cheese (5 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
  • 1-1/2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Fresh basil leaves
  1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and devein shrimp, removing tails. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Chop shrimp and set aside.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  3. In large bowl stir together eggs, butter, half-and-half, 1 cup of the fontina cheese, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, garlic, pine nuts, chopped basil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir in shrimp and macaroni. Transfer to buttered 2-quart casserole. Top with remaining cheeses.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 40 to 45 minutes or until heated through and shrimp pieces are opaque. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Top with fresh basil leaves.

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Shrimp Enchiladas


Recipe & picture courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 10 enchiladas
Bake: at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes

  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 poblano or 1 green pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 package (1 pound) fully cooked frozen shrimp, thawed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 4 ounces reduced-calorie cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 package (17.5 ounces) fajita-size flour tortillas
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers and garlic and cook 7 minutes, until softened. Stir in shrimp; remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Sprinkle with flour and whisk until smooth. Whisk in fat-free half-and-half and continue to cook over medium-high heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in enchilada sauce, whisking continuously until blended.
    Remove sauce from heat, and stir 3/4 cup of the sauce and 1/4 cup of the shredded cheese into the shrimp mixture.
  3. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon 1/3 cup shrimp mixture down center of one tortilla. Roll tightly to enclose filling, then transfer to prepared dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas, spreading to edges, then top with remaining 3/4 cup shredded cheese.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. Cool slightly before serving.

**Personal Review: In a simple review – YUM!  On a scale from easy to hard on difficulty making this dish – I would give it a medium-easy.  It was full of flavor and every last bite was gobbled up!**

Mini Ham and Egg Casseroles


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SERVES 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 15 min

  • 1/4 baguette, cut into small cubes
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut crosswise into 12 slices
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced ham, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 scallions, white and green portions thinly sliced and separated
  • Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 pound plum tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • Salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan and fill each cup halfway with bread cubes. Top each with a cream cheese slice.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the ham, scallion whites and a pinch of pepper. Cook, stirring, until the scallions are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the half-and-half and bring just to a simmer before removing from the heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and thyme, then whisk in the warm half-and-half mixture. Fill the muffin cups with the egg mixture and bake until puffed and golden around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and invert onto a cooling rack.
  4. Drizzle the tomato slices with olive oil, top with the scallion greens and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the mini casseroles.

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Potato Gratin with Gruyère


Recipe & picture courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Serves 4

  • 1 cup(s) half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 1/2 pound(s) (3 medium) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 ounce(s) Gruyère cheese, shredded (3/4 cup)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease shallow 4-cup baking dish or 9-inch glass pie plate. Set aside.
  2. In 3-quart saucepan, combine half-and-half, ground red pepper, and salt; heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until half-and-half mixture thickens slightly, stirring gently with heat-safe spatula.
  3. Transfer half of potato mixture to prepared gratin dish; sprinkle evenly with 1/2 cup Gruyère. Top with remaining potato mixture and remaining Gruyère.
  4. Bake gratin 35 to 40 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender and top is golden and bubbly.

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Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 10 enchiladas
Cook: 10 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 23 minutes

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small dice
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles, drained
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 10 fajita-size flour tortillas
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken and cook 5 more minutes. Stir in chiles, cream cheese and salt. Turn off heat and stir until smooth.
  3. Place oil in a small skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Place a tortilla in the oil and cook for a few seconds until tortilla becomes limp. Remove to a paper towel lined tray and repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  4. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the filling down the center of each tortilla. Roll and set seam side down in baking dish. Pour half-and-half evenly over the top and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
  5. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 23 minutes or until top is golden. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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