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Recipe: Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Crispy Prosciutto

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Recipe: Taco Mac ‘n Cheese

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Recipe: Lit’l Smokies Grilled Hot Dog Mac ‘n Cheese

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Recipe: Pumpkin Mac ‘n Cheese

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Recipe: Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Crispy Prosciutto

Do you love mac and cheese? Well then this Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Crispy Prosciutto will become your go-to recipe!

4-6 servings

1 pound macaroni, Cavatappi or shells pasta
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup half and half
2 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
4 ounces cream cheese spread
freshly ground black pepper & salt to taste

Cook pasta to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking: Chop the prosciutto into bite sized pieces. Heat a 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for 7-8 minutes until the prosciutto is crispy. Stir often and watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. Remove from skillet and set aside.
For the cheese sauce: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When it begins to foam slowly add in the flour. Whisk until it becomes like a paste, about one minute. Whisk in the milk and half and half, bring this to a low simmer. Continue to until the mixture thickens about 5 minutes.
Add in the cheeses a handful at a time, mixing in each addition until melted and creamy. Mix in the mustard and smoked paprika. Fold in the cream cheese until everything is well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Mix in the cooked pasta. Plate the pasta in individual bowls or a serving dish and top with the crispy prosciutto. Serve warm.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Taco Mac ‘n Cheese

My entire family loves this Taco Mac ‘n Cheese recipe. A hearty, healthy meal to serve any night of the week and hopefully you’ll have some leftovers too!

6-8 servings

1 pound (16 ounces) macaroni, cook to package directions
!Cheese Sauce
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unbleached a/p flour
1 teaspoon salt
a few dashes black pepper
4 cups low fat milk
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
!Taco Beef
1 yellow onion, diced (1 cup)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce

Cook the macaroni to package directions. While the macaroni is cooking prepare the cheese sauce & the taco beef.
For the cheese sauce: In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper, slowly adding the milk. Cook and stir until bubbling. Stir in cheeses until melted. Drain macaroni, add to cheese sauce. Stir well to coat all the macaroni.
Taco beef: Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion. Cook 6-8 minutes until the onions are soft and slightly browned, stir often. Add the beef. Continue to cook the mixture for another 8 minutes or until the beef is cooked through. Add the enchilada sauce. Combine thoroughly.
Using a slotted spoon, top the mac ‘n cheese with the taco beef.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Lit’l Smokies Grilled Hot Dog Mac ‘n Cheese

We love this mac for busy weeknight meals, casual weekend entertaining and the lunchbox!

6-8 servings

1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies (about 36 in the pack)
16 ounces macaroni, cooked to package directions
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided
3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar & mozzarella combo is great!)
1 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Cook the macaroni, place in a large bowl, toss with 1 tablespoon of the oil & set aside.
Heat the other tablespoon of oil in a grill pan over medium high heat. Grill the hot dogs for about 5 minutes or until browned on each side. Remove them from the hot pan with tongs. Let cool a bit & slice the hot dogs into thirds.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the cheese, half and half & garlic salt. Cook about 5 minutes stirring often until you have a well combined, creamy sauce.
Toss the macaroni with the cheese sauce. Fold in most of the hot dogs & place some on to top for serving.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Pumpkin Mac ‘n Cheese

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~ Marla Meridith