ULTIMATE MAC & CHEESE

We came up with the best Mac & Cheese you have ever tasted!!
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Ok..Ok.. We know what all of you are thinking… This has to be the most fattening Mac & Cheese I have ever seen! This is no more fattening than one you get at a restaurant and because it so deliciously rich and cheesy you don’t want to eat a lot of it! This little 8 x 8 pan goes a long way!! When we first tried to come up with the Ultimate Mac & Cheese right away I knew it needed my famous Alfredo sauce. So I started there and then slowly added 3 other cheeses to make it perfection!! Obviously this isn’t something that we make weekly, but for a fancier insanely delicious Mac & Cheese you have to give this a try..!! XOXO

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ULTIMATE MAC & CHEESE

Serves 6 Time: 30 minutes
Author The Food Nanny

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter or black truffle butter
  • 1 3-oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 3/4 cups Half & Half
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups Penne Pasta
  • 1 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup Asiago cheese grated
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers about 25 crackers
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Mix in the cream cheese.
  • Stir in heavy cream, Half & Half, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Decrease heat and simmer 10 to 15 min. stirring often.
  • Cook the pasta and drain. Add prepared sauce, cheddar cheese and Asiago cheese to the pasta. mix well.
  • Pour into an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Mix together Ritz crackers and melted butter and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. or until bubbly.
  • Serve with: Mixed vegetables.
  • Variations: Add chopped jalapenos. For a drier mac and cheese, use a 9 x 13 casserole dish and cook for 15 minutes. May also broil the cracker topping after baking for a crunchier texture.

 

 

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