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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

AuthorARY ZAUQ

Yields1 Serving
 2 tablespoons butter
 1 cup cottage cheese (not lowfat)
 2 cups milk (not skim)
 1 teaspoon dry mustard
 Pinch cayenne
 Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
 1½ teaspoon salt
 1¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
 1½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked.
1

Heat oven to 375 degrees and position an oven rack in upper third of oven. Use 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-inch round or square baking pan.

2

In a blender, purée cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper together. Reserve ¼ cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.

3

Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes more, until browned. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Ingredients

 2 tablespoons butter
 1 cup cottage cheese (not lowfat)
 2 cups milk (not skim)
 1 teaspoon dry mustard
 Pinch cayenne
 Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
 1½ teaspoon salt
 1¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1 pound sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
 1½ pound elbow pasta, uncooked.

Directions

1

Heat oven to 375 degrees and position an oven rack in upper third of oven. Use 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-inch round or square baking pan.

2

In a blender, purée cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper together. Reserve ¼ cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining grated cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes.

3

Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes more, until browned. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese