Easy Mac watch out!

This picture basically sums up why women gain weight once they start dating a guy!  All I have heard about lately from Ricky is how much he’s been craving some Easy Mac, which as you can imagine is blasphemy for my ears!  I told him I absolutely refused to pour that box on the stove and call it dinner,  so therefore I was challenged to a duel-me against Ricky’s beloved Easy Mac!   So of course when any brave competitor comes face to face with a challenge, I started my prep work.  I perused several different recipes but to be honest I’m not a big fan of the mac n’cheese recipes that load in the butter and heavy cream that weigh about 10 pounds in your pan and even worse in your stomach!  So I actually completely changed some old recipes I’ve made and added a little of this and a little of that and it turned out just the way I wanted it..so take THAT Easy Mac!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese (altered from Cooking Light’s Creamy StoveTop Macaroni and Cheese)

  • 32oz. box of elbow noodles
  • 2 garlic cloves (divided)
  • 3tbs. flour
  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 2 tsps. Dijon mustard
  • 2tsps. Worcestershire
  • tsp salt
  • tsp pepper
  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup fontina cheese
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • 1tbs. parmesan

Preheat your oven to 350 and put a pot of water with a sprinkle of salt on the stove to boil.  Pour in your elbow pasta and leave on the stove for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile put your flour, salt, and pepper in a sauce pan over medium heat and go ahead and slowly pour in your milk while whisking.  Bring the mixture to a boil while continuing to whisk. The mixture should begin to thicken and once that happens stir in your cream cheese and reduce heat and stir the mixture until smooth.  Add in one clove of garlic, Worcestershire, and Dijon mustard and simmer for a couple minutes longer.  Remove from heat and stir in freshly grated white cheddar and fontina. Mix cheese mixture with drained noodles.  Pour into a casserole dish.

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan with the other clove of garlic.  Once the garlic becomes infused in the butter go ahead and add your fresh breadcrumbs and stir until the brown slightly.    Remove from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle the bread mixture on top of the macaroni mix and bake for about 20 minutes.  Then turn the oven to broil and broil for just a couple minutes until the bread crumbs brown.

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