Change Up Your Mac n’ Cheese Game.

[ 0 ] November 30, 2016 |

I am always looking for a new way eat mac n’ cheese.  Hell, I am just looking for any reason to eat the congealed delicacy.  Thanks to the team at AARP The Magazine for sharing their variations of an American favorite, mac n’ cheese, from their October/November issue.  I think the lobster version is my next step.

The Basic Recipe:

Step 1: Boil 8 ounces pasta; drain.

Step 2: To make cheese sauce, stir 2 tablespoons flour into 2 tablespoons melted butter in large saucepan; cook for 1 minute over medium heat. Stir in 2 cups whole milk until thickened and smooth, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 3 cups shredded cheese.

Step 3: Stir pasta into cheese sauce, then add extras if desired. Makes 4 servings.


Upgrade Pasta Cheese Extra Goodness Do It Your Way
Lobster Penne Mascarpone, Brie 2 cups lobster meat, 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, 1 cup corn, 2 chopped scallions Top with panko bread crumbs; broil until browned
Butternut squash Rotini Sharp Cheddar, Parmesan 2 cups butternut squash puree or carrot puree Use only 1 ½ cups shredded cheese instead of 3 cups
Smoky chorizo Radiatore Smoked cheddar 1 cup chopped roasted red peppers, 12 ounces browned Mexican chorizo, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika Top with crushed tortilla chips; bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes


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Category: holiday cooking, Recipes, side dish, Various Cooking Styles, vegetarian

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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