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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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Stuffed Shells with Vegetable Bolognese Sauce


Recipe & picture courtesy of Ragu

Preparation time: 30 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Servings: 8

  • 1 container (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium red or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragu® Old World Style® Meat Pasta Sauce
  • 2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
  • 1 box jumbo shells pasta (about 24 shells), cooked and drained
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In medium bowl, combine ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella and parmesan cheese; set aside.
  2. In 4-quart saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook onion, zucchini, carrot and red pepper, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in Meat Sauce. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in spinach. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, evenly stuff shells with cheese mixture. In 13 x 9-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, arrange shells. Pour sauce mixture over shells. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake covered 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

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