Celebrate National Mac And Cheese Day With These Recipes
Did you know that July 14 is National Mac and Cheese Day? The best way to celebrate should be pretty obvious, so try any of these tasty macaroni and cheese recipes.
Three-Ingredient Mac and Cheese
Start simple with this convenient three-ingredient recipe. All you’ll need are the elbow macaroni pasta, a cup of heavy cream, and a few cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese. Each of these ingredients plays a big role in the flavor and texture, and the result is simple yet satisfying. If you wanted to expand on the flavors, a little salt to taste would be fine, as would a few thinly sliced chives for garnish. While the pasta drains after cooking, you’ll need to make the sauce by melting the cheese into the cream over low heat. It shouldn’t take long, and when it’s all incorporated, add the mac into the cheese and stir until it’s all coated.
Mac Au Gratin
Macaroni and cheese is perfect for the au gratin treatment, and a little time in the oven will yield a wonderfully crispy, cheesy crust. Several types of cheese go into making this dish, so you’ll need to gather up white cheddar, Jarlsberg, and your choice of grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano. You’ll also need heavy cream, olive oil, salt, and pasta. Mix and split the cheese into two portions, one for the sauce and one for the crust. You won’t need to cook the macaroni through–just boil until it’s barely al dente. It’ll then need to be tossed in oil to prevent sticking, then cooked in the cream and cheese. Pour the mix into a baking dish, then cover it with the remaining cheese before broiling for just a few minutes until a crust forms.
Bacon and Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
This bacon and cheddar recipe takes the familiar flavors you’ve seen so far and adds a welcome meaty touch. Think “baked potato” but with pasta as your substitute starch. To make the sauce, start by cooking bacon, then removing the meat as well as most of the grease. With just a sheen of bacon grease remaining in the pan, add heavy cream and deglaze any bits that stuck to the bottom. Melt in the cheese next, then return the bacon to the pan. Mix the sauce with cooked and drained noodles, then top with sliced green onions.
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