Friday, November 20, 2009

Cream Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

Everyone has their favorite foods and their no-so-favorite-foods. My husband is an overall "go-with-the-flow" eater, but one night I was making a chicken main dish that I knew he was not going to thrilled about. So, to offset the chicken, I made him his hands-down favorite side dish, Macaroni and Cheese. Normally I make Barefoot Contessa's Mac & Cheese, but I didn't have Gruyere on hand, and I also didn't have that much cheese in the frig.

I DID have a ton of cream cheese stashed in the frig because it's so cheap this time of year. So, I wanted to incorporate some of that into the dish to offset my lack of cheddar. I found this recipe and gave it a try.

I am also sharing this at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

Cream Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
recipe adapted from

7 ounces macaroni
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I sprinkle the top with dried parsley)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook macaroni according to package directions or until al dente; drain.

In a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook for about 1 minute, until smooth and bubbly; stirring occasionally. Mix in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard. Continue cooking until sauce is thickened. Add cooked macaroni and Cheddar cheese.

Pour into a greased 2 quart casserole dish. Top with bread crumbs and sprinkle with parsley. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.

The verdict?
This had a definite cream cheese taste, and although next time I will reduce it a little, it was still very creamy and cheesey. My husband was thrilled that I tried to balance out his un-favorite chicken, and he probably ate half of the dish by himself. Success!

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking 

1 comment:

  1. My family love mac n' cheese. I like the idea of cream cheese and the mustard.