Let me just start off by saying, this is NOT a solo cooking job. This is for you and your significant other or a child who can read and measure. (Emphasis on knowing how to read and measure a recipe. JimBob mistook tsp for tbsp and we ended up over seasoning and over salting this casserole.) Maybe I left my Kali (Hindu’s Divine Mother) arms in the car, but I could not have possibly done this one without a little help from my friends.
Tonight’s dinner comes from Carlsbad Cravings, you can find the recipe here. I am a HUGE fan of cheese. Couldn’t live my life without it. And this recipe really looked like an interesting twist on one of my favorite meals, baked macaroni and cheese casserole. This author’s post may be a bit deceiving. She makes it sound so easy, and claims a quick 20 min of meal prep. Perhaps it’s because I’m 33 weeks pregnant and moving at half speed, but, even with the help of JimBob, we didn’t get the casserole into the oven until the 80 min mark.
Prep Time: 80 min (20 according to the original poster)
Bake Time: 25-30 min
1 pound CELLENTANI PASTA (or substitute your favorite mac n cheese pasta)
1/4 cup ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
3 cups MILK
1 12 oz. can EVAPORATED MILK
1 tablespoon CORNSTARCH
1 tablespoon DIJON MUSTARD
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
1 tsp (that’s teaspoon, not tablespoon. *cough* JimBob) EACH ONION POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, DRIED PARSLEY, SALT
1/2 teaspoon PEPPER
1/4-1/2 teaspoon RED PEPPER FLAKES (This is optional. We opted out because the littles don’t like spicy food.)
4 cups FRESHLY GRATED SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE
6-8 slices PROVOLONE CHEESE
1 cup SOUR CREAM
1 cup GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE
Prep: 3 om noms (out of 5)
This took a really long time to prep for macaroni and cheese. The only reason I have it 3 om noms instead of 1 or 2 was because it is WORTH IT.
Cook: 4 om noms
25 min isn’t a long time to cook, but with the prep time this became an almost 2 hour meal.
Tastiness: 5 om noms
This was great. It would have been even better if my sous chef, JimBob, had read the abbreviation tsp as teaspoon instead of tablespoon. We got over seasoned, and DEFINITELY over salted.
JimBob: 4.5 tasties
The only downside this dish had was the preparation time. … And I suppose I should have put the right amount of seasoning in.
Goddess: 5 yummy, that’s good!s
“I looooooooooooooooove it!” She even took seconds.
Shakespeare: 5 mmmms
Shakespeare has been on a kick of saying “I don’t like it” to every single meal that is placed in front of him. With this, he immediately said “that looks yummy!” He really dug in and absolutely loved this.
Once A Week, Every Other Week, Once A Month, Once A Year, or Never Again?
Flavor wise, we would all make this a every week or every other week meal. But with the prep time, and the cheese content (I am conscious of the fact that cheese makes me fat, I just tend to ignore it most of the time), this will be a once a month-or-so meal. But it is most definitely a meal to repeat. SO WORTH IT!
Om nom on, people!