Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? It’s comfort food, it’s fun to eat and it’s yummy. Mac and cheese are one of those dishes that you can dress up with seafood or eat straight out of the pot. I won’t tell. Saturday is National Mac & Cheese Day. YAY!
To get you in the mood for some seriously cheesy fun, here are 5 amazing recipes to try out for tomorrow and all year long. Gotta check out the Mac & Cheese Donuts, organic mac and cheese and healthy,gclean eating options too.
Mac and Cheese Donuts
Courtesy of Three Bridges
1-12oz pkg Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese Kit
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp butter
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp flour
sauces, vegetables, or other toppings of your choice
Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac n Cheese per directions, let cool.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix the panko bread crumbs, one tablespoon of melted butter, and half of the cheddar cheese (1/2 cup). Set aside.
Mix the mac & cheese with the egg and flour and remaining shredded cheddar cheese (1/2 cup).
Use remaining butter to grease donut pan. Spoon the mixture equally into greased donut pan and sprinkle with the panko breadcrumb and cheese mixture.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and donuts feel firm.
Add your favorite toppings to doughnuts. Serve & enjoy!
Chreese® Sauce Mix Recipe Chreesy® Casserole
Courtesy of Edward & Sons
1 box of any Dairy-Free Edward & Sons Mac & Chreese
1/2 Cup of milk – dairy or non-dairy
1 small head of broccoli* (about 1 cup of flowerettes)
1/2 tsp of basil
Salt, Pepper to taste
While the pasta is cooking, cut broccoli into small flowerettes and steam for 2-3 minutes.
(HINT: Save a dish by steaming broccoli on top of cooking pasta.)
Once pasta is cooked, drain well and place back on stovetop.
While reheating, mix pasta with broccoli, Chreese mix and 1/2 Cup of milk product.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
Microwave Mac and Cheese In a Mug
Courtesy of Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking
⅓ cup (28g/1oz) pasta
¾ cup (175ml/6fl oz) water, cold
4 tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)
4 tablespoons cheddar cheese , grated
salt and pepper
In a large microwavable mug or large bowl add in the macaroni and the water. You need a large mug as the water will boil up.
Microwave for roughly 3 ½ minutes. You want the pasta to be fully cooked. (timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary)
Pour off the remaining cooking water.
Stir in the milk, cornstarch and shredded cheese and microwave for a final 60 seconds to create your sauce. Stir well, season with salt and pepper and enjoy.
Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug.
Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t over flow or over cook.
Quinoa Pasta Mac and Cheese
Courtesy of Pereg
1 package Pereg Gourmet Quinoa Curvo Rigate (8oz)
2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour (or brown rice flour)
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter, plus more to butter the pan
1 small onion, diced
2 cups milk (2% or whole milk)
½ teaspoon black pepper
10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (about 3½ cups)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring 4-6 quarts of water with ½ tablespoon salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Add pasta and return to a rapid boil. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally until pasta is al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, dry mustard and nutmeg.
In a large stockpot, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Then add onions and a pinch of salt and sauté until onions are translucent, 5-7 minutes.
Add the flour mixture to the onions and cook for a few minutes until the fat is absorbed and you form a roux.
Then add in the two cups milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until sauce is thick and smooth.
Add in black pepper, 3 cups cheddar cheese (reserve ½ cup for the topping) and Parmesan cheese and combine. Season to taste with salt.
Stir in pasta and mix until combined.
Spread the pasta in a 9x9 inch casserole dish.
In a separate bowl, combine Panko breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese over the pasta.
Bake for 15-20 minutes (uncovered) until cheese is bubbly and the top is lightly browned. Let cool 5 minutes and serve.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 5 1-cup servings
Mac and Cheese Pizza
Courtesy of Three Bridges
1-12 oz pkg Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac & Cheese Kit
1 1/2 lbs 1 pre-made 7" pizza crust
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
any additional pizza toppings
Prepare Three Bridges Creamy Cheddar Mac n Cheese per directions. Spread out on a pan to make ½” thick and let cool in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 450F.
Place the premade pizza crust on a pizza pan or sheet tray.
Brush the pizza crust with olive oil.
Top the pizza crust with the prepared Three Bridges Mac & Cheese and spread evenly.
Sprinkle the top of the Mac & Cheese with the shredded Cheddar cheese.
Bake in oven for 8 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Let pizza cool for a few minutes and slice into wedges. Serve & enjoy!
prep time: 10 min | cook time: 10 min
total time: 20 min | yields: 2 servings