Jun 172016
 

This is a family favorite I posted some time ago and finally added a couple pictures. I’m still trying to remember to take pictures when I make some of the variations, but we don’t have this recipe often due to the high-calorie content.

I also discovered something after making this recipe many times. If you stir the mixture after 30 to 45 minutes of cooking, it resembles more traditional baked macaroni and cheese. If you don’t stir, it comes out more like layers with the top being a fluffy cheese layer.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  2. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  3. 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
  5. 5 cups milk
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Layer macaroni, butter, and cheeses in a 9-by-13 dish. Pour milk over the top layer.
  3. Bake for one hour. Do not cover.
Notes
  1. To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty (I like the brown and crusty myself but I know some people don’t), cover with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  2. Experiment with other cheeses!
  3. You can turn this into an entrée by adding your favorite meats and veggies!
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Some variations:

 

Baked Mushroom Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
8 oz fresh, sliced mushrooms or 12 oz can mushrooms

Brown hamburger with onion and mushrooms. Drain and add meat mixture before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
6 slices bacon, crumbled

Brown hamburger with onion.  Drain and add hamburger and onion mixture before cheese layer.  After cheese layer, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.  Reduce milk by 1/2 cup.  Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Ham and Cheese Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb ham and choose any combination of the following veggies:
Onion
Mushrooms
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Fry ham and veggies to remove excess liquid. Drain and add before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

This is a very versatile dish. Try using leftover taco meat, chicken, peppers, or any number of variations to make a completely different dish every time. Let me know what you tried, what worked and what didn’t!

Dec 112011
 
8 ounces medium egg noodles 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire or A1 sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup ketchup 3 eggs beaten
2 Tablespoons butter
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare noodles according to package directions and drain. Coat 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine the cheese, ketchup, and butter over medium-low heat, stirring until completely melted.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire or A1 sauce and salt. Add noodles and beaten eggs. Mix well and spoon into bundt pan, packing down lightly.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until firm and light golden. Let sit for 5 minutes then carefully invert onto serving platter and serve.
Aug 252011
 
6 ounces spaghetti 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/3 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon curry powder 3 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup shredded carrot 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
3 cups shredded cabbage
  1. In saucepan cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse in cold water and drain well.
  2. Stir soy sauce into cornstarch. Stir in water and curry.
  3. Heat wok over high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon oil.  Add half the noodles.  Stir-fry for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to plate.  Repeat with 1 tablespoon more oil and the remaining noodles.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon more oil and stir-fry garlic for 30 seconds.  Add onion and stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add broccoli and stir-fry 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and carrot.  Stir-fry 2 minutes.
  5. Stir soy sauce mixture.  Stir into vegetables.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir 2 minutes more.
  6. Stir in noodles and heat through.  Remove from wok and keep warm.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok.  Stir-fry cabbage 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  8. Arrange on platter and top with noodle mixture.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Works best in a wok, but can be made in skillet.

Jun 202011
 

I tried a new recipe last week that turned out ok, but I think with some playing around it could be much better. I’m going to post the recipe and do my own playing around with it, but I’d love to see what other people would do to make it better as well.

I’ll post what I try and how it turned out when I make it again.

2 lbs hamburger 1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup water 12 oz package frozen mixed vegetables
2 cans cream of mushroom soup 2 cups shredded cheddar
2 1/2 cups cooked macaroni

For the frozen mixed vegetables I used the green beans, corn, etc mix.

  1. Brown ground beef and onions.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except shredded cheese and macaroni, in the Crock Pot.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Add cheese and hot cooked macaroni and continue cooking for about 15 to 30 minutes longer, or until the cheese has melted and the dish is heated through.

It was a little bland and tasted like it was missing something. I think next time I’m going to try different vegetables and some spices. If anyone plays around with it, let me know the result!

Jun 082011
 
Seafood Fettucini Alfredo

3 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 cups half-and-half
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 lb crab or imitation crab meat
12 oz cooked fettucini or angel hair pasta
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

  1. Melt butter, stir in flour.  Gradually add half-and-half.
  2. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella until melted, then add second cup and stir until melted and thickened.
  3. Add parmesan cheese; cook and stir until smooth.
  4. Fold in crab and heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and do not boil.
  5. Toss pasta with sauce and sprinkle with seasoning. Serve immediately.
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