Saturday, 28 December 2013

Creamy Mac 'n' Cheese - 28th Dec 2013 Potluck Party, Cyber Style !

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers,

I am sure you all had a very happy Christmas, enjoyed  jingles and kids giggles, Santa's ho ho ho and family members ha ha ha !  That's what all it's about the festive spirit, that you were able to spend time with your loved ones and near ones. For us, it wasn't a grand celebrations still had great time together as family and I am really enjoying my Christmas presents :)

Unfortunately, this year storms wreak havoc in the UK. Britain has been battered by fresh  floods , power cuts and disrupted travels and many had to leave their homes on Christmas day !

My today's post is assignment of Potluck Party, Cyber Style, I hope our members have enjoyed my Schezwan Potatoes, and certainly we enjoyed Mac 'n' Cheese by Shazia. In my opinion I don't think Mac 'n' Cheese needs any introduction, widely enjoyed by young and old alike if you do it properly.

I've been making Mac 'n' Cheese since I settled here, but gradually I have abandoned it as this dish isn't going to win any prizes in the healthy recipe contest. You can console yourself by having plenty of fresh salad or vegetables with it, and maybe making your portions smaller and have it once in a while as a special treat.

Mac 'n' Cheese, was a perfect treat for us after coming back from cold and rainy weather. A rich, crunchy topping, beautifully gooey and full on, so easy to prepare that my daughter took responsibility to bring it on the table less than in half an hour. She prepared in a individual ramekins, so we don't go for second helping :P

You will need :- ( Copying form word to word Shazia's recipe )
  • Pasta Shapes - 250 g (preferably penne, rigatoni, elbow macaroni)
  • Cream Cheese - 200 g
  • Milk - 200 ml
  • Grated Cheese - 150 g
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bread crumbs - 3 tablespoons ( I used wholemeal bread )
  • Butter - 2 tablespoon
  • Mixed herbs - 1/2 teaspoon 
Method :-
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. While the pasta is cooking, whisk the cream cheese, milk and 100 g grated cheese. Season well.
2. Drain the pasta. Add the hot pasta to the cream cheese mixture. Stir well. Pour the pasta mixture into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese.
3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
4. Melt butter. Mix the bread crumbs and herbs. Sprinkle the bread crumb mix on the top. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes till golden brown.
Serve hot with some salad. ( We garnished with fresh Basil leaves served with steamed mixed vegetables )

Happy Cooking :)
Linking it to Potluck Party, Cyber Style !


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