Down-Home Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Down-Home Macaroni & Cheese

Down-Home Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine divided
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 pound 8 ounces Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni cooked
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 Ritz Crackers crushed (about 1/4 cup)

Instructions

  1. HEAT oven to 350 F.
  2. MELT 3 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Add Velveeta; cook 3 minutes or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.
  3. SPOON into 2-quart casserole sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with Cheddar. Melt remaining butter; toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
  4. BAKE 20 minutes ot until heated through.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: From the inside of a box of Velveeta Cheese.

Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Macaroni & Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 small acorn squash about 1 cup
  • 2 cups of elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2-3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place cut-side down on a microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave for 10-12 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Flip squash over so it is cut-side up. Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the center of each half.
  5. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.
  6. While the squash is in the microwave, cook noodles according to package directions.
  7. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt remaining butter and stir in the flour.
  8. Whisk in the milk until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  9. Stirring frequently, cook until mixture thickens.
  10. Remove from heat. Add cheddar cheese and stir until mostly melted.
  11. The acorn squash should be about ready now.
  12. Caution: Be careful, as the squash is going to be very hot.
  13. When the squash is tender, remove it from the microwave.
  14. Using a pot holder if needed, scoop out the insides of the squash and stir in to cheese mixture.
  15. Fold in the pasta until evenly coated.
  16. Pour into greased 9″x9″ dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese on top.
  17. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

This dish may look a little weird, but don’t worry, yours won’t look like that. Monkey and I had just made Rainbow Pasta, and decided to use that when we made this recipe. Original recipe: chocolate & carrots Acorn Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

Course Main Course
Cuisine Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 7 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Medium onion finely chopped
  • 1/3 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1-1/2 Cup Milk
  • Course Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • 1 lb. Coarsely chopped cooked lobster
  • 4-1/2 Cups mixed grated cheeses such as Cheddar, Swiss, or Parmesean
  • 1 Cup Panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 400.
  2. Cook macaroni about 1 minute less than the directions call for. Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Remove 3 tablespoons of melted butter to a bowl; set aside. Add onion and garlic; cook until browned. Add flour; cook 1 minute while stirring. Add heavy cream and milk; whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cook until sauce has thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Remove from heat. Fold in cheese, lobster, and macaroni. Place in shallow 4-quart baking dish. To bowl of butter, stir in breadcrumbs; sprinkle over macaroni. Bake uncovered until topping is golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.