Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

    My kids grew up on macaroni and cheese, and Kraft was the only one that would please all 5 kids. But now that they are grown up and gone, hubby and I can treat ourselves to a little upgrade now and then. This version is just one of those treats, a mature mac and cheese that is filling and easy to make. I've only made this once but it's due to grace our dinner table soon.

Italian Macaroni & Cheese

1 8 oz. box elbow macaroni (or you can use any kind of pasta)
1/2 c. italian seasoned bread crumbs, diveded
1 10 oz. block cheddar cheese, shredded
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese
6 lg. eggs, lightly beaten
4 c. milk
dash of pepper
Prepare pasta as directed, set aside. Coat bottom and sides of a 13x9 in. baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/4 c. breadcrumbs evenly over bottom of baking dish. Layer 1/3 of pasta, 1/3 of shredded cheeses and 1/3 of breadcrumbs in baking dish. Repeat layers twice, ending with breadcrumbs. Whisk together eggs, milk and seasonings, pour evenly over layered mixture. Bake at 350 for 55-60 mins. or till golden brown. Let stand 10 min. before serving.  Enjoy!

     Don't wait till your empty nesters to enjoy this upgraded mac and cheese, paired with a salad and fresh bread or rolls, makes a comforting meal anytime of the year but extra special to take the chill off on a cold winter day. If you have a favorite recipe for this old favorite family dish, please share it with us, can't have enough recipes for mac and cheese, it's all American, like apple pie!


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