Sylvie Fortin's Note:
My family's favorite comfort food! I must warn you, this is extremely cheesy and we find it highly addictive. Not a diet food! Kids and grown ups alike love this dish, and it is extremely flexible. I use whatever cheese I happen to have in stock. Great way to use up cheese that has been in the fridge just a bit too long. We love it with sauteed onions and bacon, but this step is optional.
My Private Note
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- 4 cups rotini pasta or 4 cups plain old macaroni or 4 cups pasta shells or 4 cups bow tie pasta
- 1 (10 ounce) can Campbell's cheddar cheese soup (my preferred brand)
- 2 cups cubed cheddar cheese (any type you like, really any type you have on hand) or 2 cups colby (any type you like, really any type you have on hand) or 2 cups mozzarella cheese (any type you like, really any type you have on hand) or 2 cups gouda cheese (any type you like, really any type you have on hand) or 2 cups havarti cheese (any type you like, really any type you have on hand)
- 1 cup Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
- 1 cup 2% low-fat milk
- 1 cup 15% cream
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon pepper (or more to taste)
- 3 dashes Tabasco sauce (Add more or less to your taste) (optional)
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley or 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 large onion, sauteed in
- 1 teaspoon butter (optional)
- 1 cup bacon, precooked and crumbled (optional)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (for topping)
- 1 cup breadcrumbs (for topping)
- 1Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside, leaving it in the pot.
- 2Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 3In a saucepan, combine cheese soup, cubed cheeses, Velveeta cheese, milk, and cream.
- 4Heat on medium-low until all cheeses are melted. Sauce should stick nicely to the spoon, without running off too easily. If you find the sauce too thick, add more milk. If you find the sauce too thin, add more Velveeta.
- 5Add ground mustard, pepper and Tabasco sauce (if using). Measurements are approximate. Add more or less according to your taste. Stir thoroughly.
- 6Add parsley to the sauce.
- 7Pour sauce over the pasta noodles and blend together.
- 8* If you are using the onions and/or bacon pieces, blend those ingredients in with the pasta and cheese sauce now.
- 9Pour pasta and cheese mixture into large casserole dishes. No need to grease the casseroles. Use casserole dishes that will allow your mac and cheese to be 3 inches deep. I use my two largest casserole dishes for this.
- 10Sprinkle tops with bread crumbs and additional pepper if desired.
- 11Cover tops with shredded cheese.
- 12Loosely tent the casseroles with foil, so that they are covered, but not touching the cheese topping.
- 13Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- 14Remove foil and increase heat to 450 degrees. Bake or broil for an additional 10 minutes to get a nice crunchy/cheesy topping.
- 15Serve and enjoy!
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Nutritional Facts for All Grown up Mac and Cheesy
Serving Size: 1 (186 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 764.4
- Calories from Fat 332
- Total Fat 36.9 g
- Saturated Fat 22.5 g
- Cholesterol 112.7 mg
- Sodium 744.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 73.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
- Sugars 6.6 g
- Protein 33.7 g
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