Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that you’ll either hate with vengeance or adore to bits. Mac and cheese cooked carelessly and with cheap ingredients is simply revolting. Mac and cheese cooked lovingly, even with cheap ingredients, can taste divine. This extra cheesy mac & cheese recipe definitely falls into the second category. You’ll want to see this at your dinner table frequently.

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What makes this extra cheesy mac & cheese extra cheesy? The secret is this: three kinds of cheeses, plus heavy cream and skim milk. It doesn’t taste heavy or cloying, though, because it’s seasoned with Creole spice blend, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Creamy, cheesy, and with a bit of a kick – how could you not love this macaroni and cheese dish? This lovely recipe comes from Lisa of CreoleContessa.com.

Ingredients

3 cups large elbow macaroni pasta
2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups jack cheese, grated
5 ounces Campbells cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons creole seasoning
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix seasonings and set aside.  Mix flour and cornstarch together and set aside.

Reserve 1 cup of grated cheese to top dish prior to baking.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions state.

Drain, rinse well in warm water, drain again, coat in a little olive oil to prevent sticking.

While pasta boils prepare the sauce. Add butter and olive oil to a sauce pan over medium heat, whisk in flour/cornstarch mixture.

Add milk and cream and whisk well. Add seasonings and whisk well. Add cheeses and cheese sauce by the handful, whisking well after each addition. Add lemon juice.

Fold pasta into the cream sauce, transfer to a greased casserole dish, sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: CreoleContessa.com.

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