Monday, July 12, 2010

In The Kitchen: This Aint Your Mama's Mac & Cheese


This is hands down one of my favorite Mac & Cheese recipe's to date. I dated a guy many years ago who always talked about his "mothers mac & cheese", I made this for him one night for dinner..and I never heard another word about his dear old moms dish. My mother and I have been making this recipe for over 10 years and it always gets rave reviews. This dish isn't for the faint of hearts; it is rich, creamy, and extra cheesy [there is a little over a pound of cheese in this recipe]! The addition of the Smoked Gouda & Vermont Cheddar lends a sophisticated kick to an old classic.


You will need:
8oz Vermont Cheddar
8oz Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar
2oz Smoked Gouda
1 Can Cream & Mushroom Soup
1Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
4oz Sour Cream
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Seasoning Salt
1 Small Bag of Large Elbow Macaroni [1lb]

Directions:
Bring a stock pot of salted water to a boil, and add macaroni. Cook until al dente.
Add mushroom soup, whipping cream, sour cream, and 75 % percent of your finely grated gouda, vermont cheddar, and regular cheddar mixture [reserve the rest to sprinkle on top of the dish] to a medium saucepan on low heat. Cook just until all cheese has melted, making sure to stir continuously.
In a medium casserole dish [13x9], add your noodles then pour the sauce over them and mix well.
Add freshly ground black pepper & seasoning salt to taste.
Sprinkle the remainder of your cheese mixture on top of your dish, cover with foil and cook on 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes.
Remove the foil, then place the dish in the broiler for about 2-3 minutes
Let sit for about 10-15 minutes..and serve

54 comments:

  1. This is simple and looks delish. I am definitely going to try this.

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  2. I will definitely try this and get back to you after I get out of my food coma, lol!

    Kendra
    www.closeconfections.com

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  3. Cream of mushroom soup in mac n cheese is great so I know this is good!

    ?: Does small bag of pasta mean 1lb of pasta? Does medium dish mean 13x9x2?

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  4. yummy mac n cheese is my favorite! I love my family's recipe as well ;0)

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  5. O.M.G this looks so good...salivating as I look with wishful eyes LOL

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  6. MMM gooda cheese is great. I also like to add a bit of Amish Muenster cheese.

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  7. I can't wait to try this!! It sounds and looks delicious. :)

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  8. see, nikole...now, i have to tell you, i make a MEAN mac & chz! but i'm definitely going to try your recipe! (there's always room for improvement, right?)

    i printed it off and will probably try it this weekend. i'll have to let you know how it turns out.

    thanks for sharing!

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  9. geez...this looks good! I gotta try it!

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  10. I will be giving this a try for my wedding buffet this weekend. It looks "slap yo' momma" good!

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  11. Oh you are so wrong for posting this one...I LOVE MAC & CHEESE! I will have to try this recipe (like today)!!!

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  12. OMG that looks delicious!! I love me some mac & cheese. I'll definitely have to try this recipe.

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  13. Looks so good! It sucks to be lactose intolerant.

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  14. You READ my mine. I was planning on making MAC& Cheese for hubby when he comes home on Wednesday, so I am going to try your recipe. I have no idea where I will find the Gouda around here?? may have to substitute. And will be adding turkey meat to mine. Yummmmmm. Wish me luck...lol Yours looks so mouthwatering.

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  15. That looks yummy, I use another recipe as my staple.

    For the lactose intolerant, depending on how bad it is you can maybe get away with some lactaid and probiotics.

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  16. Yummy in my tummy! Mac ' n Cheese is my husband's favorite dish. I'll have to whip this up for him when he gets back from Afghanistan! Thanks for sharing...

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  17. My men (my 3 sons and my hubby) love Mac n Cheese, this recipe looks really splendid and simple, I may have to give this a try...I usually add the Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup to my cheese sauce, but the Gouda cheese will add a great flavor to it. Thanks for the recipe

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  18. wow. i could just lick my computer screen...LOL. yummy, yummy to my tummy! HA!

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  19. No!!!!! I was craving mac and cheese all weekend long. Thanks for the recipe. Lol :)

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  20. Oh how I love mac & cheese, this looks so good! =)


    kowa-kola.blogspot.com

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  21. After staring at the picture of the finished product for close to 1 hour, I am ready to attempt this tonight. Thank you for the inspiration. I hope my hubby, sister, hubby's sis, his GF like it!!!

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  22. Can we use another brand other than Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar? I can't find any around here.

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  23. I am back to report that this recipie is THA BOMB. Errrrybody loved it! Gracias :-)

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  24. I just made this today and OMG it was sooo good! I wish I could eat the entire pan lol. But instead I'll share with my roomies. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  26. Boo, I am making it right now!!! Hubby is on his way home and I prepared the deck, complete with wine and candles so we can chomp on this recipe. I'm praying it comes out good!!!! WIll let you know...lol

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  27. I love a good mac & cheese! I would have never put these ingredients together on my own. I served this with grilled asparagus and salmon and my guy was ready to propose. Love it and love your site! Keep up the good work!

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  28. I cant wait to try this recipe. Might be too much for the boyfriend with the diff cheeses but it will be perfect for me.

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  29. Mac and cheese is one of my most favorite dishes to eat! Must bookmark this...it looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing:)

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  30. this looks sooo good, but i don't eat sour cream. =X is that just an option or is it a key ingredient to the meal?

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  31. Loved this! Paired it with the Herb Roasted chicken from a previous post. My husband was in heaven!

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  32. Being from the South, some things are just staples in Southern families and Mac-n-cheese has always been one of them. I have been on a life long quest to find the perfect recipe that did not include Velveeta cheese and hallelujah, this is it! Made it today with a fried chicken recipe from Paula Deen and sauteed summer veges. Awesome!

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  33. I made the mac and cheese and it was good. I wish I knew the correct amount of seasoning salt and black pepper to put in it. Also the Gouda cheese was a bit much, but I still enjoyed it.

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  34. it sounds really good we use an egg to make everythng stick when my mom does it i definately will give this a try tho sounds interesting

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  35. Ok so this may be my new go to recipe for Mac and Cheese just used half sharp cheddar and half smoked gouda and it still came out delicious. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  36. A different twist on mac and cheese, for sure. However, not sure I want all of those different variables in my mac and cheese. Being the daughter of a Southerner, we like to actually to *taste* the cheese. So, it's extra sharp cheddar cheese, evaporated milk, butter, flour, lots of black pepper and regular salt.

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  37. mmm... mmm... good! last night i tried both the macaroni and the roasted garlic chicken. my best friend's parents are visiting for the month from india, and each day auntie and uncle call me home for lunch. it's been superb. so i wanted to treat them to a real american dinner (not that tex mex and shallow italian they've been getting). so i raced home last night to prepare everything. i brined the chicken for an hour first in salt water, and i acutally chopped the parsely and garlic. i stuffed the inside with the choppings plus the tied rosemary and thyme. i roasted the bird the first 20 minutes at 425 deg, then dropped the heat to 375 for the remaining hour. only substitution i made with the mac and cheese was wisconsin sharp for the vermont. i also made some sweet cornbread to finish off the meal. i knew i had done well when uncle, a very poised and stoic man, bit into each dish, raised his eyebrows at me and did his sideways head nod. he interrogated me the entire night about the preparation. thanks nikole!

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  38. Hi I was just wondering if you have to use the cream of mushroom soup? Fam n I and not fans

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  39. This stuff right here is sooooo good.

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  40. Let me just say i just made this and I will be making this FO LIIIIIIIFE lolol this was my 1st time making mac n cheese and Nikole this is an AWESOME recipe and i thank you SOOOOOO much for sharing it...can't wait to try some of your other recipes!!!!

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  41. I'm making this dish and keeping my fingers crossed.

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  42. I made it and it was a huge hit.

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  43. My bf made this for me last night and it was AMAZING!!! Thank you for such a great recipe! We're also going to kick off a chicken extravaganza this week and make all your chicken recipes. I LOVE your blog. I'm currently 3 1/2 months post relaxer and your tips have been so useful to me. Your hair is just gorgeous!

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  44. I love this receipe I made it last week and it was the best mac and cheese I have ever made. My boyfriend ate the last of it. I will make this for Thanksgiving this year. Thanks for sharing

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  45. Now that I made your MAC, I cant go back to that sickly regular cheesy stuff.

    Ugh this is sooo good we finish it all in a matter of hours.

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  46. My mac is in the oven as I type this. I added bacon bits I made from the bacon I cooked this morning and I also added cauliflower and some aleppo pepper for an added kick.

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  47. Seriously why do I keep commenting on this recipe post? Because this recipe is just that freaking good! I just got a request to include this on the Thanksgiving day menu.

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  48. I made this for my SO for our 5 year anniversary...he LOVED IT!!! Best mac-n-cheese ever.

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  49. I'm making this on Thursday!!! I'll let you know how it goes doll ;)

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  50. All I have to say is.... FIYA POWER!!!! This mac n cheese should be illegal!!! I never knew such an easy recipe could be this delish!

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  51. Im making it on TDay! Thank you!

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