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I would like to share with y’all my absolute FAVORITE mac and cheese recipe.  Sunny Anderson’s Spicy Mac and Cheese from the Food Network channel.  It’s super duper easy and seriously one of the most delish mac and cheese I’ve had.   I’ve already made it twice and the great thing about it is, if you make enough, you can have leftovers for days!  And as most mac and cheese connoisseur know…leftover mac and cheese is the BEST!  Check out my own personal pics after the recipe!

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow pasta, cooked until almost al dente
  • 8 ounces Cheddar, 1/2 cubed, 1/2 shredded
  • 8 ounces Colby cheese, cubed
  • 8 ounces Monterey pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup finely grated onions
  • 4 slices bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Special equipment: 2-quart baking dish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss together the pasta with the cheese cubes and pour into the baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, nutmeg. Add the sour cream, egg, heavy cream, half-and-half and onions. Pour over the pasta and cover with the shredded Cheddar. Bake uncovered until the top is just beginning to brown, about 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the bread into crouton-size squares. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, add the bread cubes and toast until golden. Sprinkle the bread cubes on top of the macaroni and cheese and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes more.

Sara edit:  I left out the grated onions the second time I made it and also, doubled the salt in the recipe and I felt it was tastier that way!  And also, I sprinkled some garlic salt while I was cooking the croutons…they were like mini garlic bread pieces,     YUMZ!

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