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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Baked Mac N Chee, the easy teenage version

Driving home from work the other day all I could think about macaroni and cheese, specifically the baked variety. I had no desire to stop at the store to pick up things to make such a dish. I knew I would be eating macaroni and cheese from the box. But I really wanted the good stuff. I debated in my head, should I stop at the store, but it's 5 o'clock, it'll be a zoo. Ugh! I though about the block of parmigiana cheese in my fridge drawer... 
  When I finally got home, I investigated the contents of the icebox, and found some a block of cheddar, monterey jack, and a small carton of heavy cream. "I will make this work."I said aloud determined. 

Here's how it went down:

1 box of annies naturals mac
plus what the box of macaroni and cheese calls for (milk, butter)

1/4 heavy cream (or milk)
3/4 c shredded cheese i used a mix of motery jack, chedder, and parmgiana
a few spoons of panko
1 tbs butter melted

1. Prepare the boxed macaroni and cheese according to the instructions on the box. 
2. While the macaroni is boiling preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. After the macaroni is prepared from the box, mix in the heavy cream and shredded cheeses. Then transfer into an oven safe casserole.
4. Sprinkle panko on top of macaroni and top with melted butter. 
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden on top and bubbly. You can also broil the casserole on high for a few minutes to get the top nice and golden. 

This came out great, it was exactly what I was craving. My hubs absolutely loved it. Next time I make this I'd like to add some chicken and broccoli to it. 

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