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Make-Ahead Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

 
One serving costs about $1.77

$1.77 per serving

1 people like this recipe

1 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

10 side dish,lunch,main course,main dish,dinner american
spoonacular Score:42%

Spoonacular Score: 42%

 

Make-Ahead Creamy Macaroni and Cheese might be a good recipe to expand your main course recipe box. This recipe serves 10. For $1.77 per serving, this recipe covers 19% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. One portion of this dish contains roughly 29g of protein, 49g of fat, and a total of 742 calories. This recipe from Foodista has 1 fans. If you have butter, salt and pepper, colby cheese, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly roughly 45 minutes. This recipe is typical of American cuisine. With a spoonacular score of 42%, this dish is solid. Try Make ahead one pot creamy winter asiago cheese rice, Make-Ahead Creamy Potatoes, and Creamy Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes for similar recipes.

Chenin Blanc, Lambrusco, and Riesling are great choices for Macaroni and Cheese. With rich, cheesy mac & cheese you'll want to cleanse the palate with something crisp and acidic. We recommend Chenin Blanc, Riesling, or dry Lambrusco if you're in the mood for a red. One wine you could try is Essay Chenin Blanc. It has 4.2 out of 5 stars and a bottle costs about 9 dollars.

Essay Chenin Blanc

The Essay Chenin Blanc is a medium-bodied white blend made from South Africa's white varietal, Chenin Blanc. The Chenin Blanc gives the wines its fruit salad, guava and melon aromas and a refreshing acidity. Some sur lie on the less for a few months adds to the complexity and body. A touch of aromatic Viognier complements the fruit structure with some floral hints. The wine is perfect on its own as an aperitif on the porch on a hot summer's day. Chenin Blanc pairs well with a wide range of foods, especially sushi, oysters, Asian curries, sweet-and-sour dishes, and summer salads.Blend: 87% Chenin Blanc, 13% Viognier

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Ingredients

Servings:
4 slices
4 slices white bread
white bread
0.25 cups
0.25 cups parmesan cheese
parmesan cheese
1
1  garlic clove
garlic clove
8 Tbsps
8 Tbsps unsalted butter
unsalted butter
some
some salt and pepper
salt and pepper
1 lb
1 lb elbow macaroni
elbow macaroni
6 Tbsps
6 Tbsps flour
flour
1 tsp
1 tsp dry mustard powder
dry mustard powder
0.13 tsps
0.13 tsps cayenne pepper
cayenne pepper
4.5 cups
4.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
low sodium chicken broth
1.5 cups
1.5 cups heavy cream
heavy cream
4 cups
4 cups shredded colby cheese
shredded colby cheese
2 cups
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices white bread
4 slices
white bread
0.25 cups parmesan cheese
0.25 cups
parmesan cheese
1  garlic clove
1
garlic clove
8 Tbsps unsalted butter
8 Tbsps
unsalted butter
some salt and pepper
some
salt and pepper
1 lb elbow macaroni
1 lb
elbow macaroni
6 Tbsps flour
6 Tbsps
flour
1 tsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp
dry mustard powder
0.13 tsps cayenne pepper
0.13 tsps
cayenne pepper
4.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
4.5 cups
low sodium chicken broth
1.5 cups heavy cream
1.5 cups
heavy cream
4 cups shredded colby cheese
4 cups
shredded colby cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups
shredded cheddar cheese

Equipment

food processor
food processor
baking sheet
baking sheet
microwave
microwave
whisk
whisk
aluminum foil
aluminum foil
oven
oven
pot
pot
food processor
food processor
baking sheet
baking sheet
microwave
microwave
whisk
whisk
aluminum foil
aluminum foil
oven
oven
pot
pot


Instructions

Process Topping - Pulse bread, Parmesan, garlic and 2 Tbsp. butter in food processor until coarsely ground. Divide crumb mixture between 2 zip-lock freezer bags and freeze. Cook pasta - Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 Tbsp. salt and macaroni and cook until barely softened, about 3 minutes. Drain pasta, then spread out on rimmed baking sheet and let cool. Make Sauce - Heat remaining butter, flour, mustard, and cayenne in empty pot over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in broth and cream and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Off heat, whisk in colby, cheddar, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper until smooth. Freeze - Stir cooled pasta into sauce, breaking up any clumps, until well combined. Divide pasta mixture between two 8-in square microwaveable baking dishes. Cool to room temperature. Wrap dishes tightly with plastic, cover with foil, and freeze for up to 2 months. Bake - Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove foil from casserole and reserve. Microwave casserole until mixture is thawed and beginning to bubble around the edges; 7 to 12 minutes, stirring and replacing plastic halfway through cooking. Discard plastic and cover plan with reserved foil. Bake 20 minutes, then remove foil and sprinkle with 1 bag frozen bread crumbs. Continue to bake until crumbs are golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes longer. Let cool 10 minutes.

Read the detailed instructions on Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.77
Ingredient
4 slices white bread
¼ cups parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound elbow macaroni
6 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
⅛ teaspoons cayenne pepper
4.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
1.5 cups heavy cream
4 cups shredded colby cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Price
$0.36
$0.53
$0.07
$0.96
$0.97
$0.06
$0.11
$0.03
$3.24
$1.94
$7.03
$2.42
$17.70

Tips

Health Tips

  • If you can, choose grassfed butter for a better nutritional profile—more vitamins, a favorable omega 3/6 ratio, etc.

  • You have probably heard by now that whole wheat bread is better for you than white bread. While this is true and definitely worth considering, you should be aware that all bread (especially your typical supermarket loaves) will raise your blood sugar and should be eaten in moderation.

  • Some bouillon/stock products contain gluten, some don't. If you are following a gluten-free diet, always read product labels carefully.

  • Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).

  • get more health tips

Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.

  • Here's a trick for peeling garlic quickly. Put the garlic clove on your cutting board. Take a knife with a thick blade and place the blade flat across the garlic clove (the clove should be closer to the handle than the middle of the blade). Whack down on the flat side of the blade with your free hand to smoosh the garlic a bit. Done correctly, the skin will peel right off.

  • Butter's incredible flavor has made it an extremely popular cooking fat, but it is important to know that butter has the lowest smoke point of almost any cooking fat. This means butter literally starts to smoke at a lower temperature than most other fats between 250-350 degrees Fahrenheit. So while butter is great for cooking at lower temperatures, you should probably use canola oil, coconut oil, or another oil with a higher smoke point for frying and other high temperature cooking.

  • Confused by the different types of cream — Most differences arise from the fat content of the cream, and whether or not the cream has been "soured" by adding lactic acid bacteria to give it a tangy flavor.

  • get more cooking tips

Green Tips

  • Did you know you can freeze shredded cheese? If you don't finish it up, don't throw it out!

  • Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
742 Calories
29g Protein
49g Total Fat
46g Carbs
10% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
742
37%

Fat
49g
76%

  Saturated Fat
30g
189%

Carbohydrates
46g
15%

  Sugar
2g
3%

Cholesterol
148mg
50%

Sodium
617mg
27%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
29g
59%

Selenium
44µg
64%

Calcium
621mg
62%

Phosphorus
534mg
53%

Vitamin A
1586IU
32%

Manganese
0.53mg
26%

Vitamin B2
0.44mg
26%

Zinc
3mg
22%

Vitamin B3
3mg
15%

Vitamin B12
0.85µg
14%

Magnesium
53mg
13%

Copper
0.24mg
12%

Iron
1mg
11%

Folate
43µg
11%

Vitamin B1
0.16mg
10%

Potassium
332mg
10%

Vitamin B6
0.16mg
8%

Fiber
1g
8%

Vitamin E
0.95mg
6%

Vitamin B5
0.59mg
6%

Vitamin D
0.88µg
6%

Vitamin K
4µg
4%

covered percent of daily need

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