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You Asked For It: Four-Cheese Mac n' Cheese

If you’re looking for comfort food, your search is over.

Ellen Folkman | Special to the Times

If you’re looking for comfort food, your search is over.

I would like a recipe for the four-cheese macaroni and cheese dish from the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. It's the best comfort food dish ever. Thank you.

Peg Ditchen, Tierra Verde

Lyn Wood of St. Petersburg did an Internet search and found what she thinks is close to the recipe Peg wants. This recipe is cheesy, creamy and comforting. It whips up quickly, making it a perfect side dish for a busy night. While you can buy preshredded cheeses, I prefer to shred my own from a block. It's pure cheese, no anticaking agents, plus the block cheese seems to melt better. Don't rush the melting process. Even over the low heat it melts pretty quickly. Have everything prepped before beginning. Get the pasta started then melt the cheeses. They will be done about the same time, keeping the dish hot and preventing any burning of the sauce. Lyn's recipe didn't include the number of servings so I will estimate 4 to 6 servings as a side dish.

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Four-Cheese Mac n' Cheese

2 cups uncooked cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta or elbow macaroni

1/3 cup whole milk

4 ounces Velveeta, chopped

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 roasted peppers from a jar, chopped

Parmesan bread crumbs:

2 teaspoons seasoned bread crumbs (Italian style)

2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

¼ teaspoon finely minced parsley

Cook pasta following the directions on package. Drain.

Combine the milk, Velveeta, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, cayenne pepper and black pepper in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until cheeses are melted and sauce is smooth. Add pasta and roasted pepper to the pan and toss to coat pasta.

In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Pour pasta into a serving bowl and sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the top.

Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish.

Submitted by Lyn Wood of St. Petersburg

You Asked For It: Four-Cheese Mac n' Cheese 10/18/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 2:17pm]
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