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This is a REALLY easy recipe for mac & cheese & it doesn’t even require baking! I baked it because I wanted a crusty topping of toasted panko but you can skip this & go directly to the “shoveling it into your pie hole” part of the deal, if you desire. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or any skill at all. It is nearly as easy to make as a box of Kraft – so – no excuses! Try it! It is smoky & yummy!
Easy Stove-Top (or not) Smoked Mozzarella Macaroni & Cheese
1/2 lb (or about three cups) of uncooked pasta (shape of your choice. I used egg noodles left over from my delicious Chicken Noodle Soup recipe of the other day)
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
2 cups grated cheese (I used a pizza mix of regular mozzarella & cheddar)
1 cup grated smoked mozzarella (use more smoked cheese than the other for an even smokier result)
2 TBS butter
1 tsp cornstarch
1 (or more) tsp salt & pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 cup Panko or other breadcrumbs (optional)
Paprika as garnish (optional)
If baking, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the pasta according to directions & drain & return to the stove in the same pot. Add the butter, evaporated milk, cornstarch, cheeses & heat it up, stirring constantly, until it is melted, bubbly & thickened. Add S&P to taste.
Here you can either opt to add a bit of paprika & shovel the deliciousness into your face pronto or you can grease a casserole pan with cooking spray, add the mac & cheese & top with a layer of panko or other breadcrumbs & bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until the breadcrumbs brown to your desired state. Add some paprika for color (I forgot to) and commence the emotional eating. You know what I am talking about. This shit will fill the hole in your soul for at least a few hours & by then – the wine will have kicked in. Cheers!