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Italian Macaroni and Cheese

16 Jan

1 ( 8 oz) package large elbow macaroni

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, divided

1 (10 oz) block Colby-Jack cheese, shredded

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup ( 3 oz) grated parmesan cheese

6 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 cups milk

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

TomatoBasil Topping

 

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside. Coat a 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle bottom with 1/4 cup bread crumbs. Layer one third of macaroni, one third of cheeses and one-third remaining bread crumbs in baking dish. Repeat layers twice, ending with bread crumbs. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients; pour evenly over layered mixture. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Tomato-Basil Topping.

Tomato-Basil Topping:

4 large plum tomatoes, deeded and diced

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

3 TBSP fresh basil, chopped

Stir all ingredients together

 

Serves 8 to 10

Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese

31 Dec

12 ounces elbow macaroni

2 TBSP  butter

2 TBSP flour

1  12oz can evaporated milk

1 cup milk

1 -1/2  cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 TBSP chopped canned chipotle pepper in adobe sauce

1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350

Lightly grease a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish; set aside. cook pasta according to package directions. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and milk. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Remove  from heat. Stir in 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese. 1 cup cheddar cheese, chipotle pepper and salt. Stir cheese mixture into cooked pasta.

Pour into casserole dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese and remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Bake, covered , about 30 minutes Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Main Dish Ideas: Add 1 pound cooked pork sausage or 2 cups diced cooked ham.

Serves 6 to 8

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