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dramatic macaroni and cheese, the receipe

I told you this was hedonistic. But oh-so-delicious!


16 oz elbow macaroni, or whatever pasta you fancy (I like ancient harvest quinoa rotelle & it is gluten free)

1/4 c. butter, plus another melted tablespoon of butter for the topping

1/4 c. all purpose flour (regular or the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free version)

1/4 tsp. each: dried thyme, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. white pepper

3 c. each: milk and shredded sharp cheddar cheese with about 3/4 of a cup set aside for the topping (I like to mix a small block of cabot seriously sharp cheddar and a vermont extra sharp white cheddar)

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 tsp. each: salt and dijon mustard

~ 8 oz. sour cream

~12 oz. cottage cheese

~ 1/2 c. bread crumbs (or crushed Glutino crackers)


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta for 8 minutes. Meanwhile, melt 1/4 c. butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When it gets foamy, mix in flour and stir for about 3 minutes. Add thyme, cayenne, and white pepper. Then whisk in milk until smooth. Bring to the edge of a simmer.
  3. Right as your milk mixture is reaching a simmer add the nutmeg, Worcestershire, and salt. Simmer on medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, whisking regularly.
  4. Turn heat off. Add ~2.25 c. of the shredded cheese and stir until melted. Add Dijon mustard.
  5. Lightly oil or grease a 9×13 casserole. Add cooked pasta and pour the milk/cheese mixture over the top. Add the cottage cheese and sour cream. Mix these all together.
  6. Toss the bread crumbs (or crushed crackers) with the tablespoon of melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Cover with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered until bubble and slightly browning or about 20-30 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

One thought on “dramatic macaroni and cheese, the receipe

  1. Thank you darling. A: I am impressed with the complexity of the recipe and how well you did it up. B: I will hold this in reserve for when I need for life to be bearable. Love, MOM


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