Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mac N' Cheese Please!

Before I share the most-awesomest-delish-mac n' cheese recipe, I need to take a look back a year ago. This is my lil girl - exactly a year apart - in pictures!

I could easily feel very sad about a few things:
1) I kinda miss those chubby cheeks
2) Her hair was so short and baby-ish

But, instead, I praise the Lord for my big, strong, healthy 2 yr old! She has a sense of humor, she's intelligent and I'm so thankful for her! It's fun to take a look back - and just be amazed at how children grow so quickly.

The last few nights I've been having a HORRIBLE reoccuring dream about my girl. It's always starts the same and ends the same - though the details surrounding it vary a little. It's always that I end up losing my girl in some terrible tragic way. Awful. I woke up crying in my sleep TWICE last night! Ugh. Praying this dream could just go a-way! {and this miserable head cold...but, that's another post}

To take my mind off of that - I have a wonderful recipe to share with you. We had this lastnight and it was a hit! It's probably my new favorite mac n' cheese recipe. So cheesy!

Double-Cheese Macaroni

16 oz. box elbow macaroni
3 c. cottage cheese
1/2 c. butter cubed
1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1/2 t. white pepper
1/4 t. garlic salt
3 c. half n half cream
1 c. milk
4 c. shredded cheddar
1 c. dry bread crumbs
1/4 c. butter, melted

1) Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, place cottage cheese in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.

(oh, come on! You knew I would have to show off my newest gadget, right?! Besides, have you ever heard of processing cottage cheese?)

2) In a large saucepan, melt better. Stir in the flour, salt, white pepper and garlic salt until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 mins. or until thickened.
3) Drain macaroni; transfer to a large bowl. Add the cheddar, cottage cheese and white sauce; toss or stir to coat. Transfer to a greased 9x13.
4) Combine crumbs and melted butter - sprinkle over pasta. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until bubbly. (and YES, it's a heaping dish that will leak all over your oven and make your home smell like you are burning it down)

I served this with some steamed broccoli and almonds with a little italian seasoning on top. :) And, yes, I was the only one who ate the broccoli and almonds - my 2 year old took one bite and literally used the words, "yuck". SERIOUSLY, 2?


Crystal said...

Maybe you already said.. but what kind of processor did you get? you like it?

The Sneaky Mommy said...

That looks so good! I always "process" my cottage cheese if I need ricotta cheese but don't have it on hand. It's a yummy replacement! I'd eat the broccoli with you--that sounds really good!!!
*Praying those horrible dreams don't come back!*

Anonymous said...

hahaah that makes me laugh about Ava, so close are the days when that will be coming out of JJ's mouth!