Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011: Macaroni and Cheese Deluxe Recipe

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Macaroni and cheese seems to be a universal favorite comfort food. It certainly is for my family, who could eat it every single week. They’re completely devoted to their box of Kraft mac and cheese but every now and then I’ve convinced them to eat outside the box. This is a recipe I found in a magazine some years ago or… okay, well it’s mostly that recipe but not quite. Here’s how I make a “kicked up” version of macaroni and cheese that functions as a hearty main dish.

Macaroni and Cheese Deluxe

1 lb. penne pasta
10 slices thick bacon, cut into small pieces
½ cup diced onion
8 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 roma tomato, diced
¾ cup frozen peas
1 jar prepared Alfredo sauce
2 T. ranch dressing
1 ½ cups shredded Colby Jack or Pepper Jack cheese

Cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain.

In a skillet, cook the bacon pieces over medium heat until cooked through and crispy. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook a few minutes more, until vegetables soften.

In the pot you used to cook the penne pasta or a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into a greased casserole; cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Serves 6

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