Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Three Cheese Macaroni...




Is anyone else out there finding it hard to fit in all the TV shows they like to watch!?!

I most definitely am. Yes, we do have a DVR, but there are just so many great shows that have premiered, I can't keep up with them all.

I am a TV fanatic. The good in that is I do know a lot of TV trivia. The bad in that is I obviously could be doing something a little healthier, oh say, working out!

Here are some of the shows I'm watching this season:

Jeopardy

This is a nostalgic one for me. My grandparents would watch this every night, followed by Wheel of  Fortune. They would go out to dinner every Saturday night and stop by our house to visit. We would all watch Jeopardy together, while my sister and I would snack on the left-overs my grandma would bring back from the restaurant.

Dance Moms

Don't ask me why, but I love that crazy dance teacher Abby Lee Miller and those crazy dance moms. I guess I'm a sucker for mama drama... not in my life, of course.

The Voice

I wasn't so sure about Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera leaving the show, and how that would affect the dynamic between all of the judges, but after watching, I LOVE Usher and Shakira as their replacements! It's a great program to watch with the family.

Game of Thrones

Definitely NOT a program to enjoy with the family! This is strictly for mature audiences. It has a wonderful plot and so many diverse characters. The book series, of which the TV series is based on, are very entertaining and the TV series closely follows the storyline of the books. 

Mad Men

Oh how I love thee. A throwback to a time before I was even born, but somehow I feel like I can relate to the characters in a way. When watching I feel like I'm apart of the story.

Call the Midwife

Did I ever mention that I use to want to go into nursing. Yeah, I did, but my fear of needles pretty much ruined that one for me. Anyway, the interaction between the characters and their personal stories keeps me coming back for more.

That's not all of them either, but I won't delve into all of my favorite shows any further. We'd be here all day! For real.

Well, maybe one other mention that premieres soon...... The Killing. It's dark and dreary, but exciting too... a great who done it!

Something you can definitely find time for though......

...... this macaroni recipe.


Three Cheese Macaroni

For the macaroni:

  • 1 Pound Uncooked Large Pasta Shells
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Good Quality Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, Finely Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 4 Tablespoons Four
  • 4 Cups 2% Milk
  • 1 Cup Colby Jack Cheese, Shredded, More if Needed
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded, More if Needed
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Shredded, More if Needed
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons, Fine Sea Salt or Regular Salt
  • 2-3 Pinches Fresh or Ground Nutmeg

For the topping:

  • 1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan
  • Good Quality Olive Oil
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees (F).

Prepare the topping. In a small bowl, mix the bread crumbs and parmesan together and set aside.

Boil a large pot of water and cook the pasta shells according to the al dente instructions. Drain well.

Meanwhile, heat the butter and olive oil on medium heat in a large saute pan, then add the diced onion. Cook until transparent. Add the garlic and cook a few seconds, or until fragrant, do not burn. Turn the heat down to medium/low. Add the flour and coat the onion and garlic. Cook about a minute, stirring all the while.

Begin alternating 3 cups of the milk with the three different cheeses, whisking continuously, and adjusting the heat, lowering if needed. Once the 3 cups of milk and cheeses are combined, slowly whisk in the last cup of milk. Add a little more of the cheeses if the sauce needs to thicken. Keep whisking until the cheese sauce is smooth and coats a spoon, dripping only a little, season with the salt and nutmeg then remove from the heat. 

Add the drained pasta shells to the cheese sauce and coat well. Transfer the mixture to a 13x9 dish and top with the bread crumb parmesan mixture. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly and hot. Serve with a salad and/or bread and butter.

Enjoy! 

4 comments:

  1. We are always having trouble with filling up our DVR, probably because my daughter tapes approximately 4,532 shows. :) Love this mac n' cheese!

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    1. Too funny! My girls haven't "discovered" the DVR yet, thank goodness! All the recordings would most likely be from the WB, ABC Family, or any of the numerous cartoon channels!

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  2. Now this is a great grown up mac and cheese.

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  3. Lately we haven't been watching too many shows. I need life to slow down so I can just sit and enjoy tv again with a big bowl of comfort mac n cheese!!!

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