This is real Minnesota style mac & cheese. This is for the cheese lovers out there as there is plenty of cheese to satisfy. My aunt made a great brunch for many family members after a family reunion in St. Cloud. Everything was fantastic, but this stood out as I have tried to figure out how to make just this type of soul satisfying mac & cheese. YUMMMMMMMMMM.
Onto the recipe!
One pound extra-large elbow macaroni
2 cups 2% or whole milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 lbs package Velveeta Cheese (low-fat), cut into cubes
1/2 lbs Colby, diced or shredded
1 lb sharp cheddar grated or shredded, divided half
1 egg, whipped until foamy
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350
- Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain and let cool.
- In a stock pot (6 qt), heat the milk and butter over med heat until just simmering. Stir often so the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pan or burn.
- Put the heat on med-low, and add in the Velveta, Colby and 1/2 of the sharp cheddar cheeses, 1/2 tsp of pepper stir until all the cheese is melted. Taste, and adjust for pepper and salt. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Put the pasta back a bowl and pour in the egg. Mix well. This is important because the egg gets mixed more evenly before the hot cheese mixture is added
- Pour the cheese mixture over the pasta. Stir well to mix all the cheese throughout the pasta.
- Transfer the mac & cheese into a lightly greased glass baking dish (9×13) and top with the remaining sharp cheddar cheese. (At this point you can refrigerate over night, or freeze. If freezing, let thaw before baking. Nice to have on hand as you never know when someone will pop by. You can split into 2 pans if you don’t need the whole 9×13 pan)
- Bake for 20 – 30 minutes to set the cheese and macaroni and let is all ooooze together.
- Serve right from the baking dish, or place into individual bowls and have at it!
That is it! easy, right? Good, right?
Make it a complete meal by adding one or more of the below.
Veggies: Add in one or more of blanched (or steamed) chopped Broccoli, cauliflower, peas, peppers, etc…
Meat: Add in some meat for extra protein, great additions are diced ham, diced cooked sausage, cooked and drained ground hamburger
Shrimp: Why not? Dice up some cooked shrimp.
Spice it up: How about some diced jalapeños? Or red pepper flakes? Who does;t like a little kick?
Top it Off: If you wish, you can sprinkle the top with flavored bread crumbs or panko flakes and parmesan cheese.