The Best Mac and Cheese (with healthy variations) + GIVEAWAY

I'm not going to pretend that for one bit this recipe is healthy. Because it definitely isn't. I try not to throw caution to the wind and just go for it every night for dinner, but sometimes you just need a good pasta, cheese ridden, delicious meal, and this is just that. I can say though that this meal is slightly better for you than your typical mac n cheese because I swapped out the normal elbow macaroni for the veggie kind at the grocery store that counts as a serving of veggies per serving of pasta (husband eats it every time and can't tell the difference), and I threw a bag of frozen peas in it too. So there is about two servings of veggies laced within the cheese and whole milk goodness. 

Also, lets talk about the topping on this bad boy for a minute. I just sprinkled some of those ever-so-popular and delicious bread crumbs from Progresso on top, and when they get all brown and slightly crunchy in the oven... It's comfort food heaven in your mouth. We're not big on eating leftovers over here, but we ate this for dinner Saturday night, Sunday night, and then lunch again on Monday. Which is impressive for the family that usually leaves leftovers to die in the fridge for two weeks before they can't take the smell (and lack of dishes in the cabinets), and eventually throws them away. But back to the bread crumbs... they're delicious, and you can easily find them at Publix, (or any grocery store), and there's a coupon, so it's a win win. 

Also, because I love you guys, and because I love bread crumbs, and because most importantly, I love mac n cheese, I'm going to be giving away $15 Paypal Cash to one lucky reader. Enter using the rafflecopter below!







Ingredients:
4 cups Dried Macaroni
1 12oz bag Frozen Peas1 whole Egg, Beaten
1/4 cup (1/2 Stick Or 4 Tablespoons) Butter
1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
2-1/2 cups Whole Milk
2 teaspoons (heaping) Dry Mustard, More If Desired
1 pound Cheese, Grated
1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
1/2 teaspoon Seasoned Salt, More To Taste
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/3 cup Progresso Bread Crumbs

Directions:

Cook macaroni 2 minutes less than the package instructions. Throw peas in during the last minute. Remove from stove top and drain.
In a small bowl, beat egg.
In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook mixture for five minutes, whisking constantly. Don’t let it burn.
Pour in milk, add mustard, salt, pepper, season salt, cayenne pepper, and whisk until smooth. Cook for five minutes until very thick. Reduce heat to low.
Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking eggs. Whisk together till smooth.
Pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.
Add in cheese and stir to melt.
Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine.
Serve immediately (very creamy) or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with bread crumbs, and bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.


12 comments

  1. and now I am craving mac n cheese....

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  2. I would love to make crab cakes!

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  3. I could not connect with the link as the site uses a plug-in that my computer does not support. I would make a family favorite recipe of Swiss Mushroom Chicken where the chicken is coated in bread crumbs.

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  4. I can't access that website either, but I looked on Progresso's website and I would make the Crispy Parmesan Chicken that they have there.
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  5. I would love to make homemade mac and cheese with breadcrumbs.

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  6. I would make chicken parmesan.

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  7. I could not connect with the link as the site uses a plug-in that my computer does not support. I would make a family favorite recipe of Swiss Mushroom Chicken where the chicken is coated in bread crumbs.

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  8. I would love to make homemade mac and cheese with breadcrumbs.

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  9. I would love to make crab cakes!

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