mac & cheese

Easy Does It # 7 – Mac & Cheese (Mac & Cheese Recipe # 3784)

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Dear  Friend’s,
Although most of my followers are culinary professionals, there is also a large segment of followers who are just starting to enjoy cooking on a slightly higher than basic level. I have therefore decided to publish, under the moniker “Easy Does It“,  from time to time some very basic recipe variations of dishes which otherwise might seem complicated to some folks. I will break them down to the easiest, most simple instructions, so that those of you who are intimidated by elaborate recipes will be able to prepare these dishes properly, adjusted to your taste and liking, right from the get-go.
Enjoy :-)
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In  anticipation of my splendid dinner to come (you’ll see), I decided to have a very simple late lunch. Before I came to the USA I had never seen or eaten mac & cheese and for the first few years I was not interested in it either, always having been served the packaged version and never been able to understand its appeal. However, when I started to make my own, using quality ingredients, good seasoning and pasta cooked al dente, I changed my opinion and became a fan like millions of others :-).
I have used all kind of different cheeses and added many other ingredients, such as mushrooms, vegetables, protein etc.
Here now is what I consider to be a basic version. Just make sure you season properly, don’t overcook the pasta and most of all, use the best quality sharp cheddar you can find.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Mac & Cheese. Recipe # 4794

Mac & Cheese. Recipe # 4794

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” Healthy Mac & Cheese and Guacamole “

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“Healthy”  mac & cheese ?  Why not, it’s got veggies  🙂
Well, there you have it. It all depends on how you look at things.
But honestly, what’s wrong with a good meal of pasta, cheese, cream
and vegetables ? Nothing ! Just don’t do what I did :
Eating too much of it at one time. ( The pic’s of the individual portion
should indicate a proper portion for the health- and weight- conscious).
Everybody else : Just dig in and enjoy.

Life is too short to feel miserable about thing’s that make you feel good!
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Ingredient‘s :
Pasta:

Ziti,                          cooked al dente
Carrots,                   blanched
Broccoli,                 blanched
Celery,                     finely diced
Garlic,                     paste
Whip cream,
Whole egg,            whisked
Salame,                  diced
Sharp cheddar,    shredded
Parmesan,            shredded
Brie,                        finely diced
Salt,                        to taste
cayenne,                to taste
Chili flakes,          to taste
Maggi,                   to taste
Butter

Guacamole :

Avocado,               diced
Lime,                      juiced
Fresh chilis,         finely sliced
Cilantro,                coarsely chopped
Garlic,                    paste
Salt,                        to taste
Cayenne,               to taste

Method :
Pasta :

Butter a ovenproof casserole generously with butter.
Mix all ingredients except the chili flakes and half the parmesan.
Fill casserole to the rim, sprinkle with parmesan and chili flakes.
Bake until set and crust is golden. Serve with Guacamole.

Guacamole :

Mix all ingredients until guacamole has the texture you desire.
The more you stir, the more the avocado breaks down and the
guacamole becomes smoother, less chunky.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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