A guilty pleasure…

Most of the time I try to be mindful of what I eat. I try not to indulge in too rich or sweet of foods, but occasionally I can’t help it. I, like Superman, have my very own kind of kryptonite that I am absolutely no match for. Like a siren, it lures me in and makes me weak in the knees. There is no use fighting it, as I will never win that battle.  What is it you ask? Macaroni and cheese. Mmmmmmm…..

To me, it’s the ultimate comfort food, a fan favorite, a guilty pleasure. I can’t think of a single soul that doesn’t enjoy it.

A lot of recipes call for numerous types of cheeses but in my opinion its overkill. For me it’s all about the cheddar, sharp cheddar to be specific. Not only do I only use one type of cheese in my very special recipe but I also have a secret spice that I add, a spice that really pushes this dish over the top with flavor…. yellow curry powder….. (gasp). 🙂  Try it, I dare you, you will not be able to resist that second helping.

Macaroni and Cheese

Yields: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Cavatappi Pasta Noodles (They are curly and ribbed so the sauce sticks to the noodles like a dream)
  • 3 Tb Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 C. Half & Half
  • 1 C Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 C Sour Cream
  • 2 Brown Cage Free Eggs
  • 12 oz Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 4 Tb unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¾ C dry fine bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Boil pasta noodles to al dente
  4. Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl except pasta, 1.4 of the cheese, bread crumbs, and butter
  5. Drain pasta then add to the wet mixture, mix well, then pour into baking dish
  6. Spread the rest of the cheese on the top of the pasta then top with bread crumbs.
  7. Place butter pads on top of pasta to create a crispy brown top
  8. Bake for 45 minutes then let stand for 10 minutes
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6 Comments on “A guilty pleasure…”

  1. Nooshi
    November 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    This recipe is delicious! I will be making it for Thanksgiving this year, thank you!!! 🙂

    • November 23, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      YAY! I’m glad you liked it so much, hope the fam does too!

  2. Amy
    November 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Hey Cant wait to try this recipe! Been trying to find a yummy mac and cheese!!

    • November 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

      Thanks Amy! It is AMAZING! Let me know how you like it! 🙂

  3. Leila
    December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    We used your recipe for Thanksgiving this year…I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the hit of the dinner. One guest even begged us to take the (very tiny portion of) leftovers home. We didn’t have fresh nutmeg and omitted the eggs, but otherwise stayed true to your recipe. Thanks so much!

    • December 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Yay Leila! I’m so happy you all enjoyed it so much! It’s definitely a fav recipe of mine. 🙂

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