Magnificent Mac & Cheese

I made this last night for the family…everyone, including the dogs, absolutely loved it. In fact, the last of it mysteriously disappeared from the fridge over night 😀

Makes about 8 servings.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter (or margarine)
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c. flour
1 1/2  c. milk
1/4 c. cream cheese
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1 c. shredded cheddar (divided)

4 c. elbow macaroni

Optional:
1/4 c. finely diced or dehydrated onion, red or green peppers, green peas, corn niblets, etc.
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cook the elbow macaroni in a large pot of boiling water until tender.
  3. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large fry pan then add the flour gradually, until the flour absorbs all the oil.
  4. Add the milk slowly, blending the flour/oil mixture in to thicken (this is my white sauce recipe:) Add more milk throughout the next steps if the sauce thickens too much.
  5. Add the cream cheese, stirring until it’s blended into the sauce. Once it’s blended, do the same with 3/4 c. of the shredded cheese, the parmesan, the veggies, and the salt and pepper.
  6. Once the macaroni is cooked, strain and pour it into a large sprayed/oiled casserole dish.
  7. Pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni and stir until nicely blended.
  8. Top with remaining 1/4 c. shredded cheese and bake until melted (about 15 mins).
  9. Allow to sit for about 5 mins to allow the casserole to set, then serve. YUMMY!
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