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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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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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Bobby’s Goulash

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 6 servings

  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 cup water
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Paula Deen’s Seasoned Salt
  • 2 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
  1. In a Dutch oven, saute the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Break up the meat while sauteing. Spoon off any grease. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and saute until they are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add 3 cups water, along with the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, House Seasoning, and seasoned salt. Stir well. Place a lid on the pot and allow this to cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Add the elbow macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot, and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaves, and allow the mixture to sit about 30 minutes more before serving. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheddar


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SERVES 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 35 min

  • 1 large bunch broccoli, cut into bite-size florets and stalks peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots (about 3)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  1. Fill a large pot with enough water to reach a depth of 2 inches and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 minute; drain and rinse with cold water. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and add the broccoli in an even layer.
  2. Fill the same pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain.
  3. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400°. In the same pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the flour for 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup milk until thickened, then whisk in 1 cup more. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, then whisk the mixture into the pot. Simmer, whisking, until the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the cheddar and 4 tablespoons parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the pasta. Spoon the mixture over the broccoli.
  4. In a small heatproof bowl, combine the garlic and remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter; microwave at high power until melted, about 20 seconds. Stir in the bread crumbs, the remaining 2 tablespoons parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Discard the garlic, then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on the pasta. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

**Personal Review: I had a problem with the sauce thicking – I added a bit more flour and that seemed to work.  Also, I added chopped garlic vs smashed garlic and left the garlic in the mixture – I would make more of that next time as well, it was a great topping.  I added chopped ham too – nice additive.  This tasted wonderful!**

Taco Bake


Recipe & picture courtesy of Kraft Foods

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 35 min
Makes: 6 servings, 1 cup each

  • 1 pkg. (14 oz.) KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 3/4 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • 1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Prepare Dinner as directed on package. While Macaroni is cooking, cook meat with taco seasoning as directed on package.
  2. Stir sour cream into prepared Dinner; spoon 1/2 into 8-inch square baking dish. Top with layers of meat mixture, 1 cup cheese and remaining Dinner mixture; cover with foil.
  3. Bake 15 min.; top with salsa and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until cheese is melted.

**For extra crunch, prepare and bake as directed, topping with 1/2 cup coarsely crushed tortilla chips along with the salsa and cheese. 

**Personal Review: Really easy to make – I added chopped onions while cooking the meat mixture.  I also added the chips on top as well.  It tasted awesome.**

Macaroni Salad

Recipe courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 8 servings
Cook: 8 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, or other pasta shape
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 stalks celery, trimmed and sliced (1 cup)
  • 2 large carrots, trimmed, peeled and grated (about 1 cup)
  • 4 ounces pepper-Jack cheese, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 of a sweet green pepper, seeded and chopped
  1. Heat a medium-size pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Add macaroni and cook for 7 minutes or until desired tenderness. Drain and rinse with cool water to halt cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle relish, hot sauce, pepper and salt.
  3. Transfer drained pasta to a serving bowl. Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, cheese, green pepper and slightly more than half of the mayonnaise mixture. Stir gently to combine and coat all ingredients with dressing. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, stir in remaining dressing.

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Shrimp Macaroni Salad


Recipe & picture courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 15 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Cook: 8 minutes  

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups light mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) deveined tiny cooked shrimp, drained
  • 2 cups sliced celery, about 4 large stalks
  • 3 tablespoons poppyseeds
  1. Cook macaroni following package directions, about 8 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  2. Mix together the mayonnaise, milk, salt and pepper; stir into the drained macaroni. Gradually fold in the shrimp, celery and poppyseeds.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. To serve, remove from the refrigerator and gently stir.

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