Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ooey Gooey Mac and Cheese

Last weekend we had about 7 inches of snow here in Northern New Jersey. It was a light, fluffy kind of snow, made all the more wonderful because it fell on a Saturday when we had no place to go. We were able to sit by the fire in our family room and watch out the window as it fell. It was a relaxing, peaceful day and a perfect time for comfort food, so I dug out my mom’s Ooey Gooey Mac & Cheese recipe.

• 1 lb. penne pasta
• 1 Tbsp. olive oil
• 2 Tbsp. butter
• 2 Tbsp. flour
• 2 c. heavy cream
• ¼ tsp. salt
• ¼ tsp. black pepper
• 1 ½ c. shredded mozzarella
• 1 c. shredded white cheddar cheese
• ¾ c. grated romano cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°. Cook the penne in 4 quarts of salted water till al dente. Drain well, return to pot and toss with olive oil.

Melt butter in a saucepan over med-low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown. Slowly whisk in cream, bring to a simmer, and cook till slightly thickened — making sure to whisk frequently. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm.

Combine cheeses in a large bowl. Fold the cooked pasta into the cheeses and then pour the hot cream mixture over the pasta and cover the bowl immediately with foil. Let it stand for about 3 minutes. Uncover the bowl and stir with rubber spatula, scraping the melted cheese from the sides and bottom of the bowl until everything is combined and all the cheese is melted. Transfer the mixture to a 9” x 13” baking dish. Bake till top is light golden, about 15 minutes, and serve.


  1. ♥Yum...I'm on a health kick at the moment...but this Mac n Cheese?...pass the fork...♥

  2. @Sacred Keep: Yeah, this recipe is definitely a diet killer...but so worth every rich, delicious calorie!

  3. This looks so delicious, not something to indulge in everyday.

  4. oes anyone ever say no to this? YummmmHugs! Thank you for your bloggy friendship and participation at Katherines Corner xo

  5. Hi there, wow, this sure looks like a fabulous mac and cheese meal. I wouldn't mind having some of that now, LOL Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  6. I think I just drooled all over my keyboard. Yum!


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