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Mac & Lots of Cheese

I apologize in advance for the photos, which don’t do justice to the deliciousness of this M & C.

NYT Mac & Cheese 7

Thankfully, the winter solstice is coming, and then we’ll start to see more daylight after 4pm.

So this mac & cheese. It came from a book I’ve had by my bedside for months, that I finally picked up the other night and read a story out of. It’s a compilation of the best food writing of 2006 (probably the year I put it beside my bed), and the story I read on this particular night was written by Julia Moskin for the New York Times. (I have to say – I like her photo better. More cheese?)

The difference between this particular recipe and the bazillion of other macaroni and cheeses out there: you blend up the cheese and milk and then bake it with raw macaroni, rather than boil the noodles and mix up a white sauce with loads of grated cheese in it, which is apparently not so much true mac & cheese as it is macaroni with cheese sauce. Makes sense, no?

NYT Mac & Cheese 2
NYT Mac & Cheese 3

The process was easy: blend, mix, bake.

NYT Mac & Cheese 4

I had my first doubts when I pulled it out of the oven to uncover it, and it was foamy. No lie.

NYT Mac & Cheese 4.5

After the second stir, it didn’t look promising. It was oddly lumpy, and the macaroni noodles, which were still dense and leathery after an hour, had sunk to the bottom and were working on fusing themselves to the casserole dish.

NYT Mac & Cheese 5

But I persevered in the interest of all that cheese, and it managed to work itself out in the end. After a few dabs of butter and a couple extra stirs, it came together like a cheesy Christmas miracle.

NYT Mac & Cheese 6

Next time, I’ll open the oven and give it a stir more often. We ate it topped with a scoop of chili – a fab winter combination, if you haven’t tried it.

NYT Mac & Cheese 8

An extra handful on top to reinforce that cheesy crust is a good idea. Being as it’s Christmas and all, I might even crumble in one of those Imperial packs of extra-sharp cheddar next time, or try a pound of Grizzly Gouda. So worth the cheese spend.




Mac & Lots of Cheese

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20 comments on “Mac & Lots of Cheese

  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    December 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    You had me at ‘lots of cheese’. This looks amazing!

  2. Vincci
    December 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I remember you posting your doubts on Twitter! So happy that it turned out! Now I’m intrigued…

  3. supersu
    December 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    looks great – but how long did it take to clean the pan!
    i think i’ll use a disposable tin

    thanks for the recipe – looks like just what i need for a potluck this weekend

    su 🙂

  4. Manon from Ontario
    December 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Will try this tomorrow for sure….thanks 😉


  5. kickpleat
    December 14, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I totally love this idea. Lots of cheese please 🙂

  6. heather
    December 14, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Yum. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing. I too am counting the days until the solstice. 7 more.

  7. Lana
    December 14, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I have never thought of topping mac and cheese with chili. What a great idea! And not having to boil the pasta first? Brilliant. One less pot to wash!
    This will be perfect over the holidays for lying-around-watching-movies kind of days.
    Thank you!

  8. Heather
    December 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

    This looks delish – though I am pretty committed to Janice Beaton’s recipe (published in Canadian Living), made with a blend of Gouda and Esrom (very stinky, in a good way).

    I have a tip for cleaning that casserole dish. I keep a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar in the kitchen for all kinds of cleaning tasks. Just rinse/scrape the pan as best you can to clear the stuff that easily comes off, spray thoroughly with vinegar, let sit for half an hour, then attack it with hot water and a plastic scrubby. The vinegar really loosens the crud.

  9. Darcel
    December 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Julie!! What a coincidence—I tripped across this recipe a few weeks ago, being in the mood for comfort food.

    I have a big wedge of Stilton from Costco for a few holiday recipes and I snuck some of that beautiful blue into the mix (just a few crumbles.) It was great with the cheddar, and my family didn’t notice, or at least didn’t complain!!

    Cheers to NOT having to boil the macaroni!! Happy Holidays!

  10. Misty
    December 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Mmm…true comfort food! And I’m a big fan of the Chili and Mac n’Cheese combo. Or the fresh cracked black pepper and Mac n’Cheese combo. Or the ketchup and Mac n’Cheese combo. Yes, I love Mac n’Cheese!

  11. Kate
    December 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hi Julie, I made this yesterday, and it was wonderful! Also, to Supersu – cleaning the pan wasn’t that big of a deal, I soaked it in hot soapy water, scrapped the bits off, and put it in the dishwasher… no problem at all!

    Yumm, thanks Julie – for this recipe – its a keeper!

    • JulieVR
      December 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Kate – good to hear! I left the dish at my sister’s (not intentional!) so I have no idea how much work it was to clean out!

  12. Theresa
    December 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Hey Julie,
    Do you think this would work in the little frou-frou ramekins?

    • JulieVR
      December 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Ooh – good idea! It might.. although if it’s all edge, it might not cook properly.

  13. Randi
    December 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Julie,

    Just pulled the Mac and cheese out of the oven… My mouth is watering as I let it rest.

    You mentioned that your photo was not as nice at the one from NY Times… I think the NYT photo is of the other recipe “crusty Mac and cheese ” rather than this recipe ” creamy AC ad cheese”.

    Also… Your photo is great! Made me want to eat it up!

  14. Jennifer M
    January 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This is probably one of the best recipies I’ve ever made for macaroni and cheese. Turned out perfectly! Thanks for sharing

  15. Kate
    March 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Hey there.. My MIL is on Weight Watchers, and I so want to make this for Sunday dinner, but can’t deal with the comments ‘OMG so many calories’ etc..

    Anyone out there have any idea how many points one serving of this wonderful amazing recipe would be?

    I want to be armed with information as I bring it to the table… grin!

    • Julie
      March 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Kate – sorry, I don’t know how to calculate WW points, but maybe someone does?

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