So as some of you are aware, my entire little family is sick. We are at various stages but most are grumpy and whatnot. Being the mom/wife, I still have to function in a somewhat normal capacity which includes cooking. Last night I decided to try a new one. It was de-lish! Here it is:
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
4 strips bacon
1 large sweet onion (thinly sliced)
6 oz dry elbow macaroni
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 cups)
2-4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
1 cup half-and-half or light cream
1/8 tsp pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble. Reserve bacon drippings in skillet.
2. Cook onion in reserved bacon drippings for 5-8 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. Set aside.
3. Cook elbow macaroni. Drain and place in a 1 1/2 qt casserole dish. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the blue cheese, half-and-half, and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir gently. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes more or until top of casserole is brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes.
Man. It was good. I made a version for the kids that replaced mozzarella and blue cheese with leftover Velveeta (from making chicken tortilla soup. Continue to scroll down for THAT yummy recipe.) and shredded cheddar. I should have taken a picture. It would make your mouth water. Tony got me reading a cool site that makes me want to be a better chef/blogger/wife.
Anyway, it’s good comfort food. That’s what my family needs right now. Some comfort. And alot of cartoons for the kids to keep entertained while Tony sleeps away his ickiness and I try to catch a trying-to-recover snooze.