Friday, December 10, 2010
During the holidays when we're eating so many sweet, rich and exotic foods, it's sometimes grounding to sit down to a comforting meal and nothing says "kick back and take it easy" like macaroni & cheese. 3-Cheese Mac & Cheese is a smooth and creamy blend of cheese and pasta with a just-right buttery crunch topping; add some diced ham to create a main dish that's sure to bring calm and contentment to a hectic season.
3-Cheese Mac & Cheese
1 8-ounce package elbow macaroni
1 8-ounce package 2 % shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup small curd low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Ground pepper to taste
1 1/4 cups dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with hot water. Preheat oven to 350°.
Stir together cooked macaroni, shredded Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese and pepper. Fold into 9" x 13" buttered glass baking dish.
In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle crumbs over macaroni mixture.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Yield: 6 servings
Cook's Note: To make this a main dish, just add 1 1/2 cups diced ham when macaroni is mixed with cheese. Baking time remains 35 to 40 minutes.
Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. ~Johnny Carson