Monday, September 6, 2010

Mac & Cheese for the Lazy(est)

Continuing with my comfort food theme of the past week I made Mac & Cheese this weekend. However, this wasn't any old m&c - this was the ultimately lazy recipe for those days when even measuring pasta is a strength drainer. My friend linked me to the recipe and I was thrilled to have it ;)

 
I used Friendship Cottage Cheese, having received a coupon for a free tub from BzzAgent. I didn't realize there were so many types of cottage cheese! I was at PathMark looking at different sizes, flavors, 5 variations on the "non-fat/low-fat/less-fat" theme. I settled on the midway 2%

 
Some of my favorite things
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (I got shells because they're fun to eat)
  • 1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (12 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • water to cover
  • bread crumbs
Butter is gross
Directions
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a deep 2 quart casserole dish.
2. Mix macaroni, cheese, and cottage cheese in a large bowl. Pour water into the dish just to cover noodles and cheese. Dot with butter. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top.
3. Bake until macaroni is tender, and cheese is melted, about 1 hour.

 
I'd eat that
The final product is awesome. The cottage cheese gave it a "dissolving graininess" texture and definitely upped the salt quotient.
See the cottage cheese texture?
This was so easy to make could probably even be set up in the morning and popped into the oven when you get home from work. I am all about comforting winter dishes lately.

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