My Favorite Mac and Cheese


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This cheesy noodle dish is a number one comfort food for kids and adults alike. Easy to throw together and always a family favorite.

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Serving Size / Yield

4-6 servings


  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1 lb. pasta shells
  • 2 C. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 C. milk
  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 C. Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 C. bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 C. grated parmesan cheese

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Liberally butter your baking dish with 1/2 stick of butter. Cook pasta in approximately 5-6 quarts of water until al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain thoroughly.

Combine your cream, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a saucepan, until reduced slightly, about 15 minutes. Once it starts simmering, stir often in order to "break" the layer of foam so that it won't boil over. Remove from heat at this point and add your cheddar and Monterey Jack, stirring constantly until well blended.

Add your pasta and stir vigorously. Try not to break up the pasta, this will release the starch in the pasta and thicken it too much. Pour the mixture into your baking dish. Combine the bread crumbs, parsley, and parmesan cheese in a small bowl and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake until golden and bubbly, approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven.

From: Annie

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