I make one mean mac & cheese if I do say so myself. It is often requested at home and on holidays. I found the recipe a few years back in Country Woman Magazine. I am pretty sure I remember reading that the original recipe was submitted to either The Farmer's Wife Magazine or Farm Wife Magazine in 1971 by a mid west farmer's wife . I don't know about you, but in my book that kind of recipe is pure home cooked goodness and worth a try!
So why goodbye mac & cheese? I can't have it for awhile, not never again, but not for a while. I am on a new weight loss journey...one involving a hypnotist and an advanced version of the South Beach Diet. I have tried many options and unfortunately I have this problem with finding all the weight I have lost. Every time, without fail. I love food, but I love being thin more. I have tried to do it myself, but well, I need a little help. So, I got hypnotized and will be following her weight loss plan. The mac & cheese will once again become a treat, but not quite yet.
I will keep you updated on my progress (I am currently in week 2 and doing just fine!). Until then, please make your family a big batch of my mac & cheese and enjoy every bite for me.
Rich 'n' cheesy macaroni
2 -1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
6 tablespoons butter (divided)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk
3/4 lb cheese ends
1 - 1/3 cups small curd cottage cheese
2/3 cup sour cream
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 -1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Place in a greased 2-1/2 qt. baking dish. In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour, salt and sugar until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Reduce hear; stir in cheese until melted. Stir in cottage cheese and sour cream. Pour over macaroni. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Melt remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350 deg. for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Yield: 6-8 servings (of pure cheesy goodness)